We often overlook books from the past, preferring to look at something fresh and relevant. But might these works from the past give us fresh insight into present issues?
A virtues project from Narnia.
In having heroes “we make the best features of an historical person’s life” our own.
George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.
This counters the idea that teenagers respond poorly to Shakespeare's work.
Given McGuffey’s five generations of successful use in the classroom, maybe modern educators have something to learn from this approach.
The future is neither 1984 nor Brave New World. It’s a mix of both.
How do we know what true love looks like?
"We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious."
It's one thing to recognize that laughter has benefits, but how do we go about laughing more and cultivating a healthy sense of humor?
The difference today is not that there are any more things about the past we don't like, but in our reaction to them.
While it is true that Shakespeare interacts with deep and compelling themes, and some of his plays do have a very somber tone, it’s interesting to see how many of his oft-quoted lines actually appear in moments of comic relief.
The difference between the liberality of the liberal arts and the censorship imposed by political liberals is that advocates of the liberal arts invite the “heretics” to the great conversation whereas political liberals seek to silence them as dangerous dissidents.
What would Homer say if he had the opportunity to not only see, but correspond with, those of us who live in the twenty-first century?
You are a good person who abides by a moral code. Then, for whatever reason, you break that code. What now?
Descartes said that reading good books is like engaging with the most cultivated minds of the past.
Homer writes about honor, war, politics and love. His portrait of the marriages of Hector and Andromache as well as Odysseus and Penelope provides good advice for successful relationships.
Are we getting dumber? Apparently so.
Television writer Andrew Davies has complained that "it is now 'compulsory' to have a leading lady capable of fending for herself."
Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?
If you are looking for a great Christmas ghost story, then the Victorian M.R. James should be on your reading list.
As the Grinch discovers, a fully human life is possible only for those whose hearts are big and full.
The end result of moral nihilism, as the Soviets demonstrated, is death and destruction on an industrial scale.
Jane Austen describes a world of highly regulated social behavior in which roles and intentions were more clearly communicated than they are tody. Nevertheless, Jane Austen's world is filled with people struggling with the same weaknesses we struggle with today.
Put the propaganda aside. There is a right way to familiarize students with important social issues through real literature.
A sense of lack generates anxious feelings.
A finely designed essay ensures that the reader discovers the essay’s invention by traveling within its organization.
Ray Bradbury loved Halloween.