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The Key Thing That Differentiates Ancient and Modern Schoolteachers

The Key Thing That Differentiates Ancient and Modern Schoolteachers

In recent years, America’s schools have attempted to train teachers of the highest quality.

The Woman Who Warned the World about Hitler

The Woman Who Warned the World about Hitler

The "Tory rebel" lost her seat in Parliament for her opposition to Neville Chamberlain, but was vindicated by history. 

Ben Franklin on the Value of Rational Debate

Ben Franklin on the Value of Rational Debate

In comparison to the rational debate fostered by Franklin and his fellows, is our debate all too often irrational?

The Actual ‘Sword in the Stone’?

The Actual ‘Sword in the Stone’?

Evidence suggests the Arthurian legend was inspired by the tomb of a reformed Tuscan knight. 

Would Hillary Clinton really be the first female president?
Audrey Hepburn on Life under Nazi Occupation

Audrey Hepburn on Life under Nazi Occupation

"It’s worse than you could ever imagine.” 

What the Catholic Church Said about the Public Schools in 1852

What the Catholic Church Said about the Public Schools in 1852

They voiced the same concerns of many Americans today.

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. 

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