Literature

Teacher Faces Termination for BUYING BOOKS for Students

Teacher Faces Termination for BUYING BOOKS for Students

The New York Post reports that the award-winning teacher has been removed from the classroom and faces possible termination.

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

When citizens are alienated from the political process they look to a champion to attack the oligarchs ruling over them. The champion will become the tyrant, Plato suggests. 

Are We Failing to Teach Boys how to Treat Women?

Are We Failing to Teach Boys how to Treat Women?

Would we see a greater culture of respect if we taught young men and women to value and embrace the differences between the sexes?

Is It Time to Stop Bashing the Liberal Arts?

Is It Time to Stop Bashing the Liberal Arts?

The debate about the relative value of studying the liberal arts is usually framed by a false dichotomy.

One Simple Way to Keep Your Child from Being a Reading Statistic

One Simple Way to Keep Your Child from Being a Reading Statistic

Between 2011 and 2015 the number of American adults who didn’t read a book in the course of a single year went from 1 in 5 to fewer than 1 in 4.

What Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Gets Right About Rules

What Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Gets Right About Rules

The most sacred rule of the jungle is that animals never hunt and eat man, outside of rare approved circumstances. Under this guiding tenet, Kipling crafts a case study of behavior.

What C.S. Lewis Thought of Testing

What C.S. Lewis Thought of Testing

Remarkable insight from the past on a trending issue.

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Make no mistake, the book banners have the same motivation as the book burners. 

Science Fiction: Why So Many Intellectuals Despise It

Science Fiction: Why So Many Intellectuals Despise It

The genre was sneered at for years by those who viewed it as "low-class, childish, and quasi-pornographic." 

Oscar Wilde: Wanting to Be Left Alone Is Not 'Selfishness'

Oscar Wilde: Wanting to Be Left Alone Is Not 'Selfishness'

An important lesson for many Americans today.

Unhappy? It Might Be a Sign of Intelligence

Unhappy? It Might Be a Sign of Intelligence

The downside? It could be a sign of primitive (and cynical) thinking inherited from early homo sapiens. 

Reading to Your Child: This is why it's so important

Reading to Your Child: This is why it's so important

In a digital world, it's easy to forget how important it is to read to our children.

Can We Really Know Ourselves?

Can We Really Know Ourselves?

Yes, but one will not find that elusive knowledge by looking in a mirror.  

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.

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. 

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

Three ways adults, parents, and teachers can guide the reading habits of young people.

Why feminists hate Lord of the Rings

Why feminists hate Lord of the Rings

"...it has been my nightmare that J.R.R. Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century." 

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."

10 Ways to Avoid Picky Eater Syndrome

10 Ways to Avoid Picky Eater Syndrome

For many parents, the most traumatic family battles are fought at the very place which should be a place of harmony and connection: the dinner table.

10 Habits That Might Be Killing Your Child’s Interest in Reading

10 Habits That Might Be Killing Your Child’s Interest in Reading

1. Make sure you put a television set and a computer in every room. (Don’t forget the kitchen!)

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?

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.

Edmund Burke on Manners

Edmund Burke on Manners

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

The Original Pinocchio Story was Cray Cray

The Original Pinocchio Story was Cray Cray

Collodi’s stories made those of the Brothers Grimm look Pollyannaish

 

Why French Parents Are Still the Boss of Their Kids

Why French Parents Are Still the Boss of Their Kids

"The symptoms were obvious. I cajoled. French parents did not cajole. I wheedled. French parents definitely did not wheedle."

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

A Guide to Dystopian Literature

For almost as long as I have had the privilege of reading, I have read dystopian literature.

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