Jay Mathews asserts that today’s Common Core writing standards bore students and discourage writing, and insists we must choose another way.
We read this tragedy through the emotion-obsessed eyes of Romanticism, a movement that did not emerge until 200 years after the play was written.
Mirza Salih was invited to Cambridge to help translate the Bible into Persian.
Our classrooms should be places where we push back against technology, against a life largely circumscribed by screens.
An observation from a well-respected professor and author.
Two hundred years ago, describing someone as ‘devouring’ a book would have been an act of moral censure.
Writer Joseph Pearce interviewed the Nobel Prize-winning writer before his death.
The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives.
A historian explains the key markings of revolution. It’s a description worth reading.
The report was based on data from 9.8 million students.
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Here are five Mark Twain inspired tips for living a better life.
Is there a way for parents to encourage reading habits in children who may have learned to handle simple texts, but aren’t turning into avid readers?
Three pieces of writing advice from the “Leaves of Grass” poet.
These reviews of 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' and 'Hamlet' are not kind.
Don't expect them to answer basic questions about their own civilization.
'No one can hold me in his palms or sight: I scatter sudden clatter far and wide. I want to hammer oaks with...'
Surprisingly, it's not reading.
Are we ignoring Shakespeare to our detriment?
'I came away...not only repulsed by her but actually questioning the very judgment and goodness of C.S. Lewis.'
Is it better to be feared or loved? Let's see how much Machiavelli you have in you!
But his Dickensian upbringing is not the most amazing part of the story.
How does that make sense?
Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works?
What is Hollywood doing wrong?
American high schoolers used these questions to review and prepare for tests such as the New York Regents exam.
The message the poet means to convey in his epic are not historical facts, but eternal moral truths.
The purpose of life is not worldly riches and the creature comforts they can purchase. Such trinkets can never satisfy the needs of the soul.