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Teacher: Stroking Egos Does Nothing for Students. Raising Expectations Does.

Teacher: Stroking Egos Does Nothing for Students. Raising Expectations Does.

Self-confidence comes not by somebody “giving” it to a student. That method quickly fails. Instead, self-confidence results when the person knows they got better at something.

Why (Most) Right-Wing Intellectuals Hate Trump

Why (Most) Right-Wing Intellectuals Hate Trump

A lot of conservative intellectuals hate Donald Trump. The late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick's insights help explain this. 

How America Grew Bored with Love

How America Grew Bored with Love

No wonder so many Americans find love boring.

The Ongoing Decline of the American Male

The Ongoing Decline of the American Male

Time to raise men with chests?

Saying You’re Against Fascists Doesn’t Excuse Acting Like One

Saying You’re Against Fascists Doesn’t Excuse Acting Like One

Despite claims that Antifa fights fascism, the group's tactics actually mirror those of Benito Mussolini's regime.

My German Christmas with Strangers

My German Christmas with Strangers

A German family I had never met invited me to spend Christmas at their home.   These hospitable strangers became life-long friends. 

10 Reasons for America’s High Divorce Rate

10 Reasons for America’s High Divorce Rate

Have you ever wondered why the numbers run so high?

The Cultivation of Christmas Trees

The Cultivation of Christmas Trees

T.S. Eliot on the meaning of the Christmas tree.  

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

More reading suggestions for the serious reader.  

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

On Christmas Day of 1914, at least 100,000 British and German troops stopped fighting, climbed out of their trenches  and met each other in No-Man's-Land.  

Santa’s Healthy Tips: Throw Away the Pudding and Eat the Sixpence

Santa’s Healthy Tips: Throw Away the Pudding and Eat the Sixpence

Christmas should be a time for food, lots of it. Ignore the calorie scolds. You can diet the rest of the year.

Walker Percy's Diagnosis of American Depression Is Still True

Walker Percy's Diagnosis of American Depression Is Still True

Walker Percy thinks that depression has philosophical roots. Materialism leads to a loss of human dignity, and that leads to depression.

Why the Hero of "It's a Wonderful Life" Isn't George Bailey

Why the Hero of "It's a Wonderful Life" Isn't George Bailey

While the movie is all about George's personal transformation, it is Mary's incredible devotion that helps us see that change within George.

Three Times Keynes Was Not a Keynesian

Three Times Keynes Was Not a Keynesian

The most well known economist of the 20th Century, John Maynard Keynes, is often said to have argued that recessions can be cured by government intervention in the business cycle.  Keynes's views are much more nuanced than that.  

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

If you are looking for a great Christmas ghost story, then the Victorian M.R. James should be on your reading list.  

Yet the Whos Sang Merrily

Yet the Whos Sang Merrily

What the Grinch and one very difficult Christmas taught me about redemption.

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

You have heard the cliche:  people are America's greatest resource.   Well, it's true.  

The TSA Is Using Detector Dogs More, Which Is Actually a Good Idea

The TSA Is Using Detector Dogs More, Which Is Actually a Good Idea

If detector dogs can reduce my wait-time in security lines and have the bonus effect of allowing the TSA to screen more passengers with fewer workers, I’m all for them.

Forget Mary Poppins: Three Reasons Real-Life Nannies Are Ruining Childhood

Forget Mary Poppins: Three Reasons Real-Life Nannies Are Ruining Childhood

Real-life nannies aren't all they're cracked up to be.

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity. Not “Silent Night.”

Guess What, Guys? Now You Can Have Periods, Too!

Guess What, Guys? Now You Can Have Periods, Too!

At least that's what they're about to teach in one British school district.

Saying Goodbye to the Scouts

Saying Goodbye to the Scouts

There are a number of things that killed scouting.

Christmas 2018 by the Numbers

Christmas 2018 by the Numbers

As the most widely observed cultural holiday in the world, Christmas produces many things—joy, happiness, gratitude, reverence. And numbers. Lots of peculiar, often large, numbers.

Net Neutrality Repeal: The Internet Apocalypse That Never Came

Net Neutrality Repeal: The Internet Apocalypse That Never Came

Whether the naysayers are willing to admit it or not, less government regulation results in better outcomes for both companies and consumers.

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?

Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean We Should

Just Because We Can Create Genetically Modified Babies Doesn’t Mean We Should

The experiments in China with genetically modified babies is just the beginning of what could go wrong.

Watch the Growth of the World’s 10 Largest Economies over the Last 60 Years

Watch the Growth of the World’s 10 Largest Economies over the Last 60 Years

It will be the coolest thing you watch today.

Too Busy? You Might Have Action Bias.

Too Busy? You Might Have Action Bias.

Has busyness become a coveted status symbol?

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