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Can You Pass An Eighth Grade Arithmetic Test from 1908?

Can You Pass An Eighth Grade Arithmetic Test from 1908?

These make the NAEP 8th grade sample questions look like a piece of cake.

10 Impressive Insights from Teddy Roosevelt

10 Impressive Insights from Teddy Roosevelt

The Rough Rider had a lot to say. 

C.S. Lewis’ Uncanny Foresight on the Decline of Education

C.S. Lewis’ Uncanny Foresight on the Decline of Education

"We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way."

Should Children Have Rights?

Should Children Have Rights?

Is there a way to give children rights without raising them to be ill-behaved little terrors?

U.S. Schools Using Greek and Latin to Boost Reading Skills

U.S. Schools Using Greek and Latin to Boost Reading Skills

One elementary school began teaching Greek and Latin word roots and saw interesting results...

More Evidence that America’s Education System is Getting Worse

More Evidence that America’s Education System is Getting Worse

Are parents going to have to take matters into their own hands and fill the many holes being left by today’s education system?

How 'Rights' Have Gone Wrong

How 'Rights' Have Gone Wrong

The Founding Fathers debated whether the Constitution should include a Bill of Rights at all. 

Ancient Methods For Curing Depression

Ancient Methods For Curing Depression

Depression is a terrible beast, isn’t it?  

Why Children are Unlikely to Understand these References in Peanut Cartoons

Why Children are Unlikely to Understand these References in Peanut Cartoons

Many children are no longer familiar with a key source which Charles Schulz used for his inspiration.

A 1st-Century Roman Teacher on How to Raise a Genius

A 1st-Century Roman Teacher on How to Raise a Genius

Do we have a lot more "geniuses" in this country than we realize?

Why Death Today Has No Meaning

Why Death Today Has No Meaning

According to Tolstoy, death no longer has meaning for civilized man.

Can You Pass This 8th Grade Spelling Test from 1904?

Can You Pass This 8th Grade Spelling Test from 1904?

Are you smarter than an 8th grader in 1904?

Edmund Burke on Manners

Edmund Burke on Manners

Have we come to believe that manners are bonds of affliction, rather than affection?

John Wayne is Dead, John Lennon is Dying

John Wayne is Dead, John Lennon is Dying

"The American Ascendancy, epitomized iconically on the silver screen by John Wayne, is not dying but dead."

5 Quotes from Harriet Tubman, the New Face of the $20 Bill

5 Quotes from Harriet Tubman, the New Face of the $20 Bill

“I started with this idea in my head, ‘Dere’s two things I’ve got a right to, and dese are, Death or Liberty..."

Princeton Prof Has the Ultimate Post about the Harriet Tubman $20
Has the Abandonment of ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ Helped Create a Culture of Disrespect?

Has the Abandonment of ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ Helped Create a Culture of Disrespect?

In a recent Slate podcast, a caller posed the following question:

How 19th-Century Women Used Seduction Laws to Rope Husbands

How 19th-Century Women Used Seduction Laws to Rope Husbands

Young men could not easily backslide on a promise.

The Reading Level of the 2016 Debates vs. the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Reading Level of the 2016 Debates vs. the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Has the tendency toward an easier reading diet both in school and in everyday life dulled many people’s ability to process and understand important concepts?

When Americans thought hair was a window into the soul

When Americans thought hair was a window into the soul

Hair used to be a huge deal to people.  

A Holocaust Forgotten

A Holocaust Forgotten

Four and a half centuries before the Holocaust, thousands of Jews in Lisbon were tortured and killed for heresy on Easter. 

Tocqueville: How Individualism is a Sign of Equality

Tocqueville: How Individualism is a Sign of Equality

When it comes to an emphasis on the individual, Americans lead the pack.

Everyone in the Developed World Owes This Man Their Life

Everyone in the Developed World Owes This Man Their Life

The Russian naval commander kept his cool when it mattered most. 

The Reason Why Universities Don’t Give Their Students Challenging Texts

The Reason Why Universities Don’t Give Their Students Challenging Texts

By avoiding difficult texts in our colleges and universities, have we tossed out the opportunities to create many real “geniuses”?

Failure Made Walt Disney Great

Failure Made Walt Disney Great

'You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.'

Study: Literacy in Ancient Israel Was ‘Far More Widespread than Previously Known’

Study: Literacy in Ancient Israel Was ‘Far More Widespread than Previously Known’

Even the lowest soldier in the Judaic army was literate, it appears. 

Is America Ripe for a Dictator?

Is America Ripe for a Dictator?

Here are the conditions that have given rise to dictators in the past.

7 Relevant Quotes for Tax Day

7 Relevant Quotes for Tax Day

Words to ponder in the face of a lighter wallet...

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