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It is one of the Constitutionâ€™s accidentally great procedural features for deterring the concentration of political power.
Many American adults are reading at an elementary school level, with disastrous effects for themselves and the economy.
What explains the rising literacy rates and rising levels of educational achievements is also what explains the regime’s ability to continually repress Cuban people.
Does America need more intellectually independent leaders?
Colonialism is not merely European crime against people of color; every human is capable of inflicting mass amounts of suffering on any other human.
The transgender train keeps steamrolling over common sense and educational responsibility, as several recent stories demonstrate.
According to Kevin Carey of the New America think tank, coronavirus in the U.S. could lead to “a vast unplanned experiment in mass home-schooling.”
The objective of critical race theory? “Remake society so that the victim class eventually displaces the oppressors and becomes the new ruling class.”
Comprehensive Sex Education is forcing kids to learn about material they aren't ready for, at the expense of their education on history and other topics.
Our professors told us we could find purpose in temporal affairs, yet we somehow lost the sense that we were a part of something greater. We substituted a wholehearted pursuit of “the truth” for “our truth.”
Michael Bloomberg's comments about farmers highlights a societal problem in how we view blue collar jobs, and farmers in particular.
Federal funding for technical education programs might be about to double, a move which could greatly increase high schoolers' career prospects.
Researchers at Northeastern University have a government grant to develop a device to monitor workplace interactions in an attempt to "revolutionize equality and diversity."
There's a lot of pressure in academia for professors to embrace liberalism without even thinking. It can be hard to break out from that groupthink.
The Communist Party of China is actively suppressing information on the coronavirus when they should be soliciting the world's help in fighting this disease.
Seventy percent of college students graduated with debt in 2019 – on average, US$30,000.
Nearly three-quarters of high school students report negative feelings toward school, and it seems like no one is working to fix this.
The 1619 Project claims that American history marginalizes African-Americans. Evidence suggests otherwise.
The Chinese Communist Party's increasing interference in academia in China is making it very difficult for researchers to do their jobs.
Should skills matter more than a diploma or formal schooling? Elon Musk certainly thinks so.
G. K. Chesterton's priest detective is a man of duty, as well as a man of immense curiosity. American students could stand to learn from Father Brown's example.
Do tough grading standards benefit students?
Unprincipled politicians are making New York streets and schools unsafe for the people they supposedly represent. Should we be surprised?
Will the deconstructionists win the battle for "Western Civilization"?
Truth seems to be disappearing from universities' missions at an alarming rate. Can a focus on discovery and intellectual pursuits ever be recovered?
How much do you know about the American education system? These six facts might surprise you.
Miss Virginia is a can't miss movie about a mother's struggle to ensure her child has a chance at a decent education.
Local reporting is a critical service provided by small-town newspapers, and we might all benefit if we worked to keep these publications alive.
The Blaine Amendment might be struck down by the Supreme Court, allowing parents to use school vouchers to send their kids to religious schools.
Millions of children today are raised, by default, to be slaves to group-think, addicted to endorphins released from a digital device, burdened with neural pathways so obliterated that nary a logical thought might pass from brain to lips…
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” rests on a basis that most modern people, especially the educated, reject.
The United States has a long history of children reading the Bible in schools, a practice once again up for public debate. Could it return to schools in the near future?
An NPR story aired last week with the headline, “How Should We Regulate Homeschooling?” Short answer: “We” shouldn’t.
The American Dialect Society said some interesting things about the English language, but most folks outside of gender studies departments wouldn't agree with them.
Pete Buttigieg and The New York Times seem intent on re-framing America's history to make progress seem inevitable, and to depict its founders as the worst people in history.
Total government spending per pupil has almost doubled from 1980 to today, and that fact triggered a major correction by The Washington Post.
Playing chess is a powerful way to exercise the same logic muscles that lawyers rely on in their work.
Many modern politicians are decrying a loss of democracy in America, but America's founders never intended for it to be a democracy.
Once in a while, someone has to stand up for the common usage of the English language, and against the academic double speak we're slipping into.
The efforts of the federal government to improve education have had dismal results which only harm American students.
The daughter of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder, baby Rose, grew up to become an outspoken critic of Roosevelt’s New Deal, Social Security, and other government programs she felt disempowered individuals and gave greater authority to the...
For many people college degrees simply aren't worth the price of tuition, so we need to be more transparent about this cost/benefit analysis.
Everyone is trying to figure out how we make progress and fix the American education system. Maybe we need to be looking backward rather than forward.
One way to get people to stop reading books is to fail to teach them to read proficiently.
The national results of education testing are in, and it's a decidedly mixed bag, especially with how much we spend per pupil.
Transgender students new unrestricted access to locker rooms and restrooms is "a great policy, unfortunately, it's not everything we want" according to one trans student.
Education is not about political influence, but about responsible freedom through a well-developed mind.
Socialism is more than political. It's a secular religion.
There are a lot of books out there. Why is it important for students to read older books when there is so much new material available?
Lifting our neighbors out of poverty may begin with providing structures to provide dignified work.
We need to better educate our children about the dangerous of socialism. Here are 10 suggestions for kick starting that learning.
Is truth-telling, or even attempting that arduous task, becoming a vanishingly rare pursuit in America?
Many college students seem to hold very rosy and optimistic views of socialism. It seems a realist on this issue is rare indeed.
Why are so many millenials turning to socialism?
Schools are engaged in brainwashing our children to believe that capitalism is evil, and that socialism and communism are positive goods.
Should Piers Morgan be fired for his view on gender?
What difference does the size of a child's class make on the quality of their education? And what are the costs associated with changing class sizes?
Melania Trump is a model first lady. We can learn a lot from her humility.
Why do American students score lower on standardized tests than other countries' students? Could it be a cultural phenomenon?
It is incredibly disappointing, and a bad sign for the educational efforts of the United States, to see such high favorabilty ratings for Communism.
What's left to call racist after we label math as such?
To fight the fallout from automation, we need to care for our workers thoughtfully.
'We Are All Equal' suggests a surprising theme.
When we experience big life transitions, new job, new school, new spouse, it is important to ensure you develop new habits to preserve your sanity.
The English language itself is being changed before our eyes to conform to political correctness.
Community education efforts are easily supplanting the public school days students are missing thanks to the teachers strike.
Academic papers are becoming more and more ridiculous, but they have a long history of nonsense dating back decades.
Chicago unions are fighting to gain members through a show of strength.
Children are better served by having a unified home with both parents involved, we need to stop bowing to PC pressure to pretend otherwise.
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” - George Orwell
It's not by walking away.
College campuses across the country are being infected by "woke" policies that are actually regressive and discriminatory.
The U.S. National Council on Disabilities is against it.
Should we start replacing great western thinkers and writers such as Plato and Homer? Do they really deserve a place in our curriculum anymore?
Americans seem to be obsessed with cheating, regardless of whether it be on academics, fiscal reality, or even attempting to cheat nature itself.
With a passage rate of nearly 95 percent on the AP Government exam, it seems like Ingerson and his textbook-less methods work. Why?
These little-known horror stories of Che Guevara should dissuade anyone from buying a shirt with his face on it.
Young socialists and communists took to twitter to rip apart a journalist, but just ended up exposing their lack of knowledge of history and economics.
With freer kids, we might just gain a freer society.
Technical education in high school provides one pathway to meaningful work for men.
Greta needs time to grow.
Becoming a billionaire requires seizing opportunities with hands willing to do hard work.
Children can often be nearly a year younger than their peers in the same grade, and this can lead to artificial diagnoses of ADHD and depression.
The 1619 project distorts America's DNA.
The leadership of the Khmer Rogue was influenced heavily by Marxist socialism. What was the impact of those ideas on the world?
If we want schools to be surrogate parents, then perhaps we must accept the increased expenditures which come with more staff.
The normalizing of radical thought happens when we surrender education to radical influencers.
The cultural climate out there is weird. Just about every American adult feels it, although we try to go about life as normal, pushing our unease aside.
Many American students measure their success and self-worth by their grades. How did we get to this point?
Dealing with bullies is the way many kids learn to deal with adversity and difficult people as they grow up. Today's society is denying them this learning opprotunity.
College students are more stressed out and more depressed than ever before. Whose fault is this and what can be done about it?
Progressivism has the hallmarks of several historical political movements, and we must examine it in the context of those movements' effects.
Could this be the key to the better American education so many of us long for?
Far left activists have long worked to destroy the nuclear family, and move the education of children off on the state.
It's easier than ever to build an echo chamber of yes men. We have a responsibility to society and to search for the truth, regardless of our biases.
Allowing gifted children to skip grades has hugely positive affects for their ability to climb out of poverty. Why are we preventing that?
What if our promotion of diversity is all wrong?
Should we throw out all prejudices? Perhaps we need to be a bit more selective.
While the College Board might have backed off on an Adversity Score, they're still pursuing other ways to profile students' backgrounds.
Have you ever thought that high school graduates today… well, just don’t seem to know or understand as much as they once did?
A biologically male runner in the NCAA’s top division is competing in women’s cross country this fall.
What is it that sets classical education apart from the traditional schooling?
Kids participating in Utah's Children’s Entrepreneur Market are being ordered by government officials to pay sales tax on their small businesses. But one activist says children are exempt from such taxes.
It’s that time of year and that time of life.
We are letting our children down with our desire for quick fixes and convenient “solutions” that don’t come close to identifying underlying problems.
The “salad bowl” philosophy informs every word of the Golden State’s proposed curriculum for a new high school graduation requirement.
Kim Brooks suggests that childhood has been ruined by many culprits including screens, food, and lack of play. But she also believes that our approach to child-rearing has undergone a dramatic change.
The main difference between public libraries and public schools is the level of coercion and state power that public schooling wields.
We must still find work to do in the world – we must answer the call of our vocations.
A firsthand account of Cultural Marxism in the university setting.
Thackeray was a brilliant observer of human nature. His advice on how to raise children deserves to be taken into consideration.
Evidence is mounting that political ideology is corrupting the liberal arts.
Does allowing for transgender females to compete in women's sports discriminate against biological females?
Schooling is the default. It's time to challenge defaults.
While reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved was initially akin to pulling teeth, I found it to be an enriching read.
There are millions of highly-educated, foreign-born individuals in the US workforce with stories like mine. We took an entrepreneurial approach to our lives, seeking to better ourselves and live the American dream.
Why have we rejected classic children’s books for the chaotic mess of modern children's books?
Apprenticeship programs could offer a promising college alternative, but establishing them can be difficult.
At most colleges, liberal arts are a joke. Real liberal arts colleges use the Socratic Method.
Christine Lindstrom and her family have been a part of the roadschooling movement for the last three years.
What to do when a Marxist mural depicting a dark side of American history is suddenly on the chopping block?
Is there something about the quiet, relaxed beauty of the outdoors that does something to refresh not only our bodies, but our souls as well?
If it is not hate speech or incitement to violence, why not permit it?
Rather than criticizing teenagers as lazy and in need of more control and structure, we should recognize the ways our culture infantilizes its teens.
Listening to “Baby Shark” is akin to torture. Yet somehow that song has racked up a staggering three billion views on YouTube. Who is watching it? Why aren’t parents...
Feminists go ballistic over a romantic incident.
Students are studying less. Grades are rising. And college graduation rates have increased a good deal in the last several decades.
Since I began studying foreign languages, I have learned to appreciate English. Here are three things my studies in German and Latin have taught me about my native tongue.
We walked on the moon in under a decade, yet in the 57 years since Kennedy’s challenge we are still only talking about reforming the failing K-12 public education system.
The idea that parents get in the way of children’s education and can halt their flourishing is nothing new. It's also false.
We should applaud as Americans become disenchanted with a world of cubicles and debt. They’re finding greater reward in learning a trade.
The Little Mermaid is a great story that teaches how to deal with unrequited love.
While admitting the incident was innocent, Runge claimed the fishing knot “has affected the entire community, and many experienced intense emotional reactions.”
When it comes to news articles about the impact that summer has on student learning, the news is often bad.
To fix the political divisions plaguing many college campuses, students must break their silence and re-embrace civil discourse.
Could summer jobs be the key to decreasing crime?
It’s unclear why the NEA would vote against re-dedicating itself to “increased student learning."
Buckling under pressure from those who find the images offensive to certain members of the school community, the board decided to paint over it.
Mayor de Blasio’s policies keep New York City kids trapped in violent, chronically failing schools.
Tara Blair Ball has taught for nine years. And she hates teaching.
So many politically-correct assumptions have become mainstream that, as Tocqueville once predicted, they have narrowed our ability to question rather than actually give us answers.
Only parents can demand accountability from school systems and set boundaries around their children.
The implementation of personalized learning is challenging.
Somewhere along the line, the Republican Party earned itself the moniker of the “Stupid Party.”
There’s seemingly no end to the populist handouts – nor to the erosion of personal responsibility that comes along with them.
June 28, 1919. On this date, 100 years ago, Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles, her peace settlement for the First World War.
Many young people, I suspect, labor under the expectations of others regarding their choice of a career.
The Urban Institute recently released a report claiming that in the past fifty years, American higher education has been "transformed" in a rightward direction. Is this true?
Handicrafts assist children in their character development.
If you want your child to have a rich and fulfilling life, one of the best things you can do is help build your child’s vocabulary.
The facts are clear that students, parents, and taxpayers have paid increasingly more for higher education, with dubious results.
“No one in the state of Connecticut is happy about this, but no one has enough courage to speak up,” Selina Soule said during an interview.
Jan Koun's teenage self-education took place in the 1990s, before knowledge and information were so widely available and easily accessible.
The key to raising resilient children is avoiding common unhealthy parenting practices.
Who needs the degree? Skip the debt and learn a trade.
If the United States is such a bastion of oppression and misery, then why are so many immigrants, legal and illegal, trying to come here?
Amazingly, watching a dog act out the plot of classic novels doesn’t veer too far into the absurd.
When schools treat fathers like they don’t exist, it’s not serving students well.
The ideal arrangement for children is that they live with both biological parents 24/7, because no one else has the same vested interest in their health, well-being, and success.
Now, those of us in the zoomer (Gen Z) and millennial generations are not only footing the bill for Social Security and Medicare, we are also subsidizing boomer retirement hobbies with our tuition and tax dollars. What gives?
Perhaps it’s time to set the bar high once again.
If asked which is the best institution for learning beyond high school, most of us might answer Harvard or Yale, Stanford or MIT, Princeton or Berkeley. We’d be wrong.
Nearly a quarter of American children grow up in a single mother home. Will yesterday’s fatherless boys have difficulty raising today’s children?
Lawmakers need to return school meal programs to their original purpose of assisting children in need – and not add more students to waste-prone programs.
Today, ridding the world of Western civilization as a phenomenon doesn’t seem like such a stretch.
While “night owls” are often more creative, funny, and social, “morning people” steal the show when it comes to career and scholastic productivity and efficiency.
More needs to be done to provide information to students so they can make better decisions about what they choose to study.
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?
Homeschooling is all about having the liberty to learn.
We all want our children to have the quality of resilience, but are we making it difficult for them to obtain?
A new survey finding that college students generally support free speech also shows what for some is a worrisome divide over what students value more: an “inclusive society” that “welcomes diverse groups” or protecting “the...
We are left with children who rely not on authoritative adults but on news from nowhere.
One of the things an American visitor at these monuments notices is the inordinately large proportion of non-American visitors.
Time to put these misconceptions to rest once and for all.
Looking beyond the practicalities, though, we should keep in mind that education ought to be more than mere job preparation. It should be soulcraft, enabling the student to realize his human potential, and preparing him to embrace the...
Sometimes being a slow learner can be a good thing.
What would happen if we reversed the mundane and made dinner special again?
When so many people believe they are inferior based on a few narrow measurements made when they were children, society as a whole suffers.
Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, of “avocado” skirmishes, and we might just win ourselves a culture war.
Over the weekend, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, debuted her garden design for the Chelsea Flower Show. The whole family came along making for some adorable photos.
When government pays for free college, it is risking the money of the average taxpayer.
The College Board will now assign an “adversity score” to SAT test takers, “calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood.”
For the high cost of college, what do students learn?
Yoga and mindfulness could become the fourth “R” of public education. But up for debate is whether the “R” in this case stands for relaxation or religion.
How do we overcome our need to make our story cohere with our preexisting biases?
Public high schools still aren't taking school security seriously.
When it comes to writing, American kids just don’t cut it.
A virtues project from Narnia.
All of this talk about free college and student loan forgiveness should lead us to wonder why college costs and debt are rising in the first place.
Is this the end of women’s sports?
If we truly want our children to excel in the adult world, is it time we injected the “Curriculum of Family” into schools, giving parents more time to be an influence on their own children?
Blurring of the terms "democracy" and "republic" fosters ignorance of the crucial reasons why the founders of the U.S. structured the government as they did.
We pay great attention to building leaders. Maybe it’s time to examine and encourage the talents of those people without whom leaders could not exist.
Teacher salaries haven’t kept pace with student spending.
Our beloved Aaron Wolf passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday. It is a devastating loss to his family and a terrible loss to Chronicles, The Charlemagne Institute, and our cause.
Greta and other Western children are given to understand that human beings — they themselves — are the problem.
Childhood exuberance is now a liability.
It's being used to drive a narrative the media wants to hear.
A quarter of teachers report being the objects of student violence and abuse according to a recent survey out of the UK.
Three Arizona students may soon learn a valuable lesson: There’s a difference between exercising your free speech on campus and blocking someone else’s attempt to do the same.
This race to the elusive top is causing many young people to experience severe anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.
This counters the idea that teenagers respond poorly to Shakespeare's work.
Perhaps a return to smaller districts and schools would be a wise move for students across the country.
A young man needs guides, equipment, and maps for his journey. These books, and dozens of others, can serve him as a compass.
Fair play should be anything but controversial.
Ever been to a Communist Easter egg hunt?
Camille Paglia said something the other day that triggered a group of whinypants college students at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.
Given McGuffey’s five generations of successful use in the classroom, maybe modern educators have something to learn from this approach.
It could be argued that today’s young “snowflakes” are the obvious products of a lifetime immersion in digitalism.
When my fifth graders all flunked the physical fitness test, I decided to do something about it. Every day after lunch we jumped rope for five minutes. It worked.
Truth is the best antidote to hatred. Not my truth and your truth, but the conviction that it is possible for both of us to reach agreement on the truth of things with reason, evidence and dialogue.
There’s no manual for becoming a man. Nonetheless, there are concrete steps men can take towards positive masculine ideals.
Young men need authority structures to belong to, and in lieu of that, some are turning to hate.
The future is neither 1984 nor Brave New World. It’s a mix of both.
Education freedom begins when government compulsion ends.
I also wonder if Jussie Smollett ever encountered a university administrator who taught him that one could gain power by feigning impotence and claiming victimhood. If so, that would explain a lot
Those radicals of the 1960s seem to have won the game. Or have they?
A recent study from Australia reveals the factors that enable students to excel. Hint: money isn't one of them!
Could it be that we need more boredom?
When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.
Jussie Smollett wasted police time and resources while attempting to paint himself as a victim. Has the lenient attitude toward hate crime hoaxes on many campuses spread to the rest of the country, as well?
Is it too risky to bring children into this chaotic world in which we live?
Professor Kerry Cronin and her famous dating class at Boston College are back in the news.
It seems the public and state legislators are rightly concerned that free speech, merit-based decisions, and race- and gender-blind assessment have vanished from universities.
Whatever I teach, I teach storytelling.
One study recently revealed that nine out of 10 college students admitted to cheating on their exams and papers.
As part of the “Operation Varsity Blues” case that federal prosecutors announced March 12, dozens of people – including Hollywood actresses and wealthy businessmen – stand accused of having bought their children’s way into elite colleges and...
Sixteen-year-olds may get permission to vote, but in school, they still need permission to use the bathroom.
The Swiss psychologist foresaw and lamented the West's break with tradition and the loneliness of modernity.
The Royals know the secret... do you?
It’s unfortunate, of course, that we need projects and play clubs to grant our children a taste of the freedom and fun we enjoyed as kids.
Neither racism nor subjectivity is the primary cause of the higher black suspension rate.
Studying the liberal arts may seem like a one way road to unemployment. Nothing could further from the truth.
When it comes to language assimilation, neither of the standard assurances is convincing.
If Canada’s program is any indication, the government’s definition of “high-quality” child care may, in fact, be harming children.
Does open discussion of ideas bring greater contention, or not?
To compete with robots, we need an education model that nurtures human imagination and ingenuity.
We need to fix this, for the sake of our republic.
It’s time to move away from outdated stereotypes of adolescents as only selfish and dangerous risk-takers and to consider how they are ripe for learning about contributing to others and their communities.
“We see no evidence that students responded with any offensive or racist statements of their own."
Booker T. Washington indeed might have sought reconciliation between white and black, but his call was truly to his own race alone to educate themselves and to work hard to improve mind and character.
Diversity programs are evolving just as many have predicted: to erode academic standards and to promote second-rate fields and third-rate thinking.
"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 appears that the genre of young-man-in-Mom’s-basement is no longer looked down upon but is in fact extolled as a viable career choice.
Far from being the “guardians” of democracy or the supposed voice of the people, the current media and academic establishment is the revolutionary vanguard at odds with the common American.
On a recent trip to the zoo with my kids, I wondered, are there any unmediated experiences left?
Subjecting all homeschooling families to regulation and oversight because of fears of a few is a blatant example of state intrusion.
Thousands of children are still languishing in schools that apparently don't know how to teach the most basic of all academic skills: reading.
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...
The result of our relativistic society?
Adult illiteracy is one of the most overlooked socio-economic problems in America.
To clear up the obvious confusion, promote what I consider to be my strongest advantage in life, and maybe even save myself a few awkward conversations, I present to you the three main things I’ve learned from homeschooling.
Many adults believe school did not give them the tools they need as adults.
It's splitting us down partisan lines and poisoning our social science.
Fear not, this storm will pass.
Help your children establish a sense of responsibility surrounding planning, caring for, and harvesting their own gardens.
Parents have a natural right and responsibility to raise and educate their children, not the state.
Descartes said that reading good books is like engaging with the most cultivated minds of the past.
Even the measurement of gender bias is subject to gender bias.
Maybe some day, scientists will evolve into philosophers. Only then will they be able to tell what the real difference between animals and humans is
Why don’t our politicians and others begin a campaign to "revalorize fathers and...
There are a couple factors at play in the rise of childhood disrespect.
Can a lack of cooking knowledge and skills hinder development in other areas?
Are we getting dumber? Apparently so.
U.S. taxpayers spend nearly $700 billion each year on K-12 public schooling and that eye-popping sum shows no sign of slowing.
Can millennials blame Mr. Rogers for leading them astray?
Play the long-game with networking, and you’ll have a better experience doing it.
Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?
Castro's Communist regime has often been praised for improving literacy and health care in Cuba. 60 years of statistics paint a different picture.
John Lennon's "Imagine" will be played again at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration. For many baby boomers, this song is the new national anthem.
If you are looking for a New Year's Day read, then look no further than Camille Pagilia's Provocations.
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.
A lot of conservative intellectuals hate Donald Trump. The late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick's insights help explain this.
More reading suggestions for the serious reader.
At least that's what they're about to teach in one British school district.
There are a number of things that killed scouting.
The recent questioning of the minimum presidential age raises the issue.
“Poverty proofing” is all the rage in the UK as educators have become concerned that lower-income students are facing too much social stigma from their peers in public schools.
Schools ought to teach history, not protest it.
Parents are increasingly required to obey, to conform to a school’s demands even if they believe such orders may not be appropriate for their child.
Emory University history professor Michael Bellesiles published the book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. Only it wasn't as academic as it was first thought.
"I would love to homeschool my kids, but I have to work.”
As a parent, you should wonder: What are the schools trying to hide?
How can we ensure that the children in our lives receive toys they actually use, enjoy, and are beneficial for them as well?
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...
Are Americans who admire the world’s most brutal regimes miseducated or stupid?
Put the propaganda aside. There is a right way to familiarize students with important social issues through real literature.
Instead of recognizing that schooling is the problem, we blame the kids.
A poem from 18th century writer William Cowper sheds some light.
Micro-schools, a new educational movement of the past decade, aims to bridge the gap between faces and experience with project-based learning.
Wise men are not confined to Antiquity. Here are five wise men from the 21st Century.
There's a deeper story here.
Students are turning their own ignorance into an excuse for victimhood.
The problems of a dearth of men on college campuses is not, I think, primarily the result of deliberate gender discrimination by college admission authorities.
Supernannies actually exist for the average parent...
With the definitions of race and sex becoming so confusing, does the US need a law like Apartheid era South Africa had to define in clear terms who belongs to what race and what sex?
If we care about children’s emotional well-being and hope to stall the rising teen suicide rate, then we should embrace this strategy.
"Schools are failing ever greater numbers of children."
A finely designed essay ensures that the reader discovers the essay’s invention by traveling within its organization.
I’ve lost count of how often I’ve witnessed parents threaten a perfectly reasonable punishment for misbehavior and then fail to make good on their words.
Bureaucrats are now cracking down on children's playdates.
Three ways a combined high school and college career can help both students and employers.
If young people are to engage in democracy and society, young people need to learn how to respectfully disagree.
Today's reformation has many similarities with the one which occurred 500 years ago, only today's is not happening in the churches.
There are other ways to teach this all-important life lesson.
Gatto leaves behind a legacy that inspired thousands of people to challenge the premise on which our education system was built.
I know many young people who are educated, fit, and morally sound. I am certain my readers do as well. We just need more like them.
In an age where individuals are increasingly falling for socialist nostrums, Thomas Merton provides timeless lessons about why people choose bankrupt ideologies such as communism.
Gender equality aims at a self-sufficiency of sameness even in marriage and family life. How many people really prefer that?
If someone told you that public high schools have taken people with political and social power and brought them together, to the exclusion of other people, would you celebrate those schools? Probably not.
We’re used to hearing that American college students don’t like reading and avoid tough courses where they have to. But a new course at the University of Oklahoma (OU) proves that many students are eager for a demanding course.
What exactly is socialization and why does it matter if an individual has good social skills?
The Canadian psychologist has set off left-wing ideological Geiger counters around the world, and for good reason.
Our students are ill-prepared to become voting adults, but the blame shouldn’t be placed squarely on our schools.
Keating is well known for urging his students to be bold non-conformists and to “Make your lives extraordinary.” He’s also a reprehensible person pushing a bankrupt philosophy.
Depriving our children of the beautiful mysteries they introduce would only ultimately impoverish us, and make us less human.
Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change.
If we want fewer hate crime hoaxes on campus, perhaps we need to change what is openly valued in academia, to focus on achievement rather than knapsacks of privilege and ladders of oppression.
What kind of insanity has taken over the educated classes when they treat knowledge as something to fear and loathe?
#PostcardsforMacron highlights one of the best ways a woman can expand her influence.
The idea that the state should protect children from their parents should be cause for astonishment among liberty defenders.
“Freedom of the intellect means the freedom to report what one has seen, heard, and felt, and not to be obliged to fabricate imaginary facts and feelings.” - George Orwell
The TV series "The Man in the High Castle" sketches a world in which the Axis powers won World War II.
Asian American students are suing Harvard for racial discrimination. Harvard says it wants its students to reflect America's diversity.
Could children come before tertiary education?
A new survey finds that a third of young voters identify with some form of socialism.
California state lawmakers recently passed a bill forcing restaurants to offer specific beverages to children. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation, which passed easily in both the Senate and Assembly, at the end of September.
In a small Dutch elementary school, a teacher sits with her students and asks, “Who here has been in love?” The children giggle, and hands are raised in response. Why is the teacher asking her young students this adult question?
How many do you practice regularly?
Can a society which welcomes diversity find room in its group hug to embrace truth?
Is there any reason whatsoever for adults to tolerate this kind of behavior from our young people?
America wasn’t founded as a democracy to be run by voters acting on their feelings and opinions.
Are homeschoolers the "keepers of the culture"?
Students are up to a challenge... they just don't get the chance.
As the post-Millennial generation starts to leave the nest, growing numbers of professors and employers are noticing something that therapists have been discussing for awhile: this generation is far too fragile.
How do we correct a failing educational system?
For decades, universities have drifted further and further away from their true purpose. Now they are taking the rest of the world with them.
Some students think that America should offer free college education, like Europe. But comparing the two educational system is comparing apples and oranges. The American system, for all its problems, is more open and flexible.
If Shakespeare stands at the center of our culture, then getting people to read his plays and attend them belongs to the core tasks of the preservation of Western Civilization. The plays are not difficult to stage. Here are some examples of...
California’s politicians seem to believe only some ideas are welcome—if those ideas have been “fact-checked” by the heavy hand of government-sponsored boards.
Raising kids to take the punches of life begins with simple things like daily chores and exercise.
It's a whole different game when you're asked to open your wallet...
When I taught homeschool seminars in Latin, history, and literature in Asheville, North Carolina, I would wait for a cold spell in February and then email my students to come to class dressed for the weather.
If we want students to try activities, to learn to work hard, to overcome challenges, and pursue their dreams, we need to stop demeaning their activities with something as flimsy as participation awards.
The Trump administration is considering rescinding a “Dear Colleague” letter sent in 2014 to public school administrators nationwide, providing guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the...
Public education fanatics need to reexamine their history books.
Once the “privileged” sex with many advantages, the American male now seems to be fighting an uphill battle to maintain a fair and reasonable position in society.
Turns out, free lunches get really expensive.
The fact is, not every child in the world will turn into a stellar reader, sucking up information from books left and right. But there are a few simple ways adults can foster a love of reading in children.
As a college teacher, I try to listen to all points of view, and I want students to feel they can speak up in class to express their own thoughts, and to challenge anything I say in class.
We miss a lot of important truths by simply sticking to new books and avoiding the old.
Isn't that the whole point of libraries in the first place?
Understanding our rights under the law is tantamount in a free society, a lesson I learned from my mother.
How many school shootings happen in the U.S. in a single school year? The answer is surprisingly hard to figure out.
If print starts to die, a lot will go with it.
The question is, will the rest of America do the same?
Why have good manners become an object of scorn?
Only 24% of students in the 8th and 12th grades were proficient in writing. Why are Americans such lousy writers? They are not taught to write.
The time is ripe, she said, for America to embrace the values that her uncle fought and prayed for.
Five suggestions to have a college education which prepares you for life
To be a good writer you need to think about what your readers want, you need to read more, you need to edit and you have to actually write. So, get started.
Students perform better when they work under a moderate amount of stress. Studies also show that too much praise of students is not a good idea.
We've long been told that education is the salvation of the world. But is it?
Would childhood anxiety and depression diminish if more parents followed through on giving chores?
How is it that parents now need doctors to tell them to let their kids play?
Forty years ago, 60 percent of high school kids read books daily. Not anymore.
Communication is key.
But is a shopping mall exactly what we have reduced the university to?
Political activism is fine, but to focus on politics instead of commonsense solutions for school safety simply isn’t.
Colleges exist to foster critical thinking and to teach students useful knowledge germane to a legitimate academic discipline. Social justice, however, is not a legitimate academic discipline, but rather an empty slogan.
Some prime advice from the late University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins.
Neuroscience and psychology show that all people are motivated by status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness (SCARF). Postmodernism's denial of SCARF is contributing to young people's depression and despondency.
Five takeaways from a week with Generation Z.
Perhaps the future isn’t as bleak as we’ve been led to believe.
If literature produces this sting, it also produces the cure.
In the modern world, C.S. Lewis argues in The Abolition of Man, we have trained the head and encouraged the heart, while neglecting the soul, the most important part of the person. As Lewis so scathingly puts it, we are producing men...
When we elevate our feelings as if they are the truth, we degrade our minds and ourselves.
Is there a case for giving basic marriage instruction in school?
The Story and Symbolism Behind the Most Chilling Image in the History of Western Art
Science is like a car: it can get us where we want to go, but it should never decide where we go.
Higher educations institutions need to change how they are run, not get rid of their majors.
Parents can glean a number of insights from Tolkien’s upbringing in the hopes of awakening some of the same hidden genius in their own offspring.
Girls like trade classes in girls-only settings. So why is the government standing in the way of this?
If President Eisenhower had not focused on the important while commanding the Allied forces, would World War II been lost?
An email was sent to all school district superintendents in Illinois regarding the recent Supreme Court decision. See one superintendent's response.
Rhode Island Lawmaker Takes a Swipe at 100-year-old “Americanization” Law.
We spend most of our lives not truly living at all but shoring up goods for some time in the future when we can enjoy them—which never comes since we have incapacitated ourselves from enjoying the present.
Comfortable shoes, Thanksgiving turkeys, and geometry can all teach us about happiness and the Divine.
Somewhere along the way, we forgot how to argue well. Help restore civil discourse.
Teen summer employment has experienced a dramatic drop in the last 30 years.
It's up to research funders, institutes, and researchers themselves to act to make a system that represents defensible democratic values.
Search engines are convenient, but do they undermine a student’s opportunity to learn how to investigate a topic and retain information if a digital device is not immediately available to them?
This is where attaining strong literacy and numeracy skills meet individual interests and innate childhood curiosity.
Of the hours Americans devote to free time, one area in particular is rather shortchanged.
Alcuin was an 8th century cleric. Never heard of him? You should have.
Most children spend their summers going from one camp to the next, busily engaged in anything and everything their parents can come up with, never having a moment to catch their breath. But that may be changing.
Beyond being an irritant and filling society with busybodies of the worst type, these people are indicative of the infantilization of the American adult.
The constitutional system the Founding Fathers built is strong, but it can’t survive when citizens en masse are ready to come to blows with one another on a semipermanent basis.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that nonunion government workers can’t be forced to pay dues or other fees to support a union.
“Sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day..."
Although math is a useful tool, mathematicians throughout history have considered it to have a much higher purpose.
A Washington university is shelling out big bucks to settle a dispute with a Republican student group that filed a lawsuit alleging the school discriminated against it by charging exorbitant security fees for speaker events.
Paul Boron is 13 years old. And he’s facing a felony eavesdropping charge that could change the course of the rest of his life.
Bias in favor of or against an individual simply because of his or her race or ethnicity is morally wrong.
By protesting instead of arguing, student activists risk having their arguments drowned in the wash of media publicity that invariably comes their way. They will be seen, to be sure, but they very likely will not be heard.
Are we jumping to conclusions if we assume that a lack of diversity in certain charter schools is a result of racial bias?
A new Pew Research quiz shows that many Americans can't tell the difference between fact and opinion. Can you?
Each of the VPs in the diversity division at the University of Texas make more than six figures. Meanwhile, tuition at the school more than doubled between 2002 and 2015.
Today’s children are experiencing a barrage of new books – in school, in libraries, and even at home – which encourage them to fight for social justice, to question the past and its authorities, to assert their own opinions and fight for them.
A Northeastern University professor’s Washington Post op-ed “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” has received a flood of negative feedback.
Research on who ends up getting into Ivy League schools shows just how much more difficult it is for Asian students to do so than other ethnic groups.
With the sudden passing of designer Kate Spade and TV personality
Why is teacher pay declining while public school spending is soaring?
"They're not asked to do anything to contribute to a neighborhood or family or community," Lewis told NPR. "And that really erodes their sense of self-worth."
The Saint Paul Public Library announced a summer series called "Drag Story Hours" as part of its “We Belong Together" initiative.
Are homeschoolers really these brilliant geniuses who have the genetic capability to be brainiacs… or is there something more to their success?
The low quit rate in public education tells us that the total benefits of these jobs are so high, workers will stay even when there are strong reasons to leave.
The sixth grade curriculum includes lessons on gender identity, birth control, the stages of sex, STDs, HIV, and pregnancy.
Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, shows that one-quarter of Michigan's “diversicrats” earn annual salaries of more than $100,000.
Reflections from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.
Political ideology is seen by many researchers as the main culprit of science skepticism. The research, however, suggests something else.
Efforts are underway to address the problem of politicized classrooms in our public schools.
Rob Henderson overcame the odds of broken homes and foster care and graduated from Yale. His experiences have convinced him that two parents are essential to the well-being of children.
What was the real impact of Nat Turner’s bloody uprising, which resulted in the death of some 200 people?
Parents who remove their children from the confines of the conventional classroom are not running away from reality. They are running towards it.
If you want to understand what will likely happen politically in ten years, simply look at the cultural beliefs of the younger Americans and how they live their lives. Politics and policy will eventually conform.
Recognizing a problem is the first step toward solving it.
Many major media outlets report misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid the true costs to taxpayers.
For decades, sexual progressives have ridiculed sex education for teens that focuses on abstinence until marriage, or “saying no”, but it becomes more and more obvious that “no” is the one word that young people most need to practise.
The empirical evidence that you are not special is overwhelming, David McCullough Jr. famously observed in a 2012 graduation speech.
Have you instilled this quality in your child?
Millennials think socialism sounds great... until they have to deal with the effects of the system.
Our research shows attending one of these elite universities doesn’t in itself significantly increase the average starting salary for graduates.
Was the 8th grade education of the past just as challenging academically, if not more so, than that which happens in today's college classrooms?
Dogma cannot be separated from education, G.K. Chesterton argued.
Last week, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that would make LGBTQ history lessons mandatory in public schools.
And you'll most likely have to do it yourself.
While it’s worthwhile to explore the pros and cons of attachment parenting, Tiger Moms, or free-range concepts, do we get too caught up in these theories? And in so doing, do we forget the basics every parent should pass on to a child in order...
Broward County officials must now explain to grieving families that the school discipline strategy they called “the most comprehensive thinking available to address socially unacceptable or illegal behavior” failed to stop a school shooting.
Is the education system trying to replace the core unit it desperately needs to back it up?
Those who fail to understand the principles upon which our government is founded risk losing their freedoms.
The leftist bias at most of the nation’s colleges is in stark contrast to the political leanings of our nation.
Free speech increasingly is seen as a 'right-wing' belief. This perception is both false and problematic.
Initially, the bill tried to mandate fire inspections of all homeschooling families. Then the proposal was amended—this time to force homeschooling families to give out private information about the names and address of...
"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all..."
The University of Texas announced it has ordered a review of its "MasculinUT" program, which is accused of treating masculinity as a 'mental health issue.'
There is a great deal of wisdom in the old saying, “there is no such thing as a free lunch."
Part of the growing process is not simply taking risks and enduring obstacles.
Research out of Yale University suggests the internet is making humans believe they are smarter than they actually are.
Here are five facts you should know about this writer, orator, statesman, and abolitionist.
In the more than 80 hours of sex ed that kids are subjected to during their public school career, children are asked to become experts on every contraceptive drug and device imaginable, and yet no time is spent on how to form healthy marriages...
The bottom line is that colleges are admitting youngsters who have not mastered what used to be considered a ninth-grade level of proficiency in reading, writing, and arithmetic.
While there are standards of education, training, knowledge, and skills for professors, there is no accountability.
At Columbine, Evan Todd was one of the lucky ones. The first to be shot in the library, he persuaded the shooters not to murder him.
The chickens have come home to roost at Duke’s Divinity School.
Is it time we stopped telling ourselves that every student is equal in ability and able to go to college?
It's not as difficult as many would believe.
My Chinese students grasped—perhaps more than many Americans—the gift that America’s founders bequeathed to humanity.
Observant students tend to be more conscientious and cooperative.
Is it time to return to the wisdom Barbara Bush presented at Wellesley so many years ago?
Christina Hoff Sommers explains the collapse of free speech on college campuses.
Our modern homeschooling freedoms come with the responsibility to protect those freedoms.
"The culture of the group of which your child is a part growing up will be the culture he or she adopts as their own."
Have we abandoned a logical approach to education?
There are at least seven reasons people aren’t so keen.
During my sophomore year of high school, a mandatory lesson for the entire school was scheduled regarding the concept of being an ally towards those who were labeled as being marginalized.
In their effort to right wrongs, the Social Justice warriors often commit the very evil they are attempting to erase.
Today, our young students in school resemble the illiterate peasants of the Middle Ages more and more.
With the development of modern multi-spectral imaging, the burnt scrolls of Herculaneum are just beginning to be...
Resilience depends not only on what happens to us but how we interpret what happens to us.
On this topic, schools are performing back-flips to avoid the obvious.
He had a lot of them.
Modern egalitarianism has begun to go against everything previous understandings of equality stood for.
Those in the medical community are beginning to speak up about the dangers of helping children transition to the opposite sex.
As debate director Helen Morgan-Parmett explained, "'There is also a lot of sexual predation that happens in the debate community.'"
A letter Abraham Lincoln allegedly wrote to his son's school teacher on the first day of class is quite charming. There's one big problem with it, however.
It’s all well and good to praise a girl for being a success in school, but when we do so, we should also consider the message it sends to her.
It’s the parents who have changed. It’s the parents who have put their own happiness above the best interests of their kids.
Its contributions to cultural literacy make a pretty strong case.
Tenure now offers a professor no protection if a college administrator decides that his or her speech amounts to "sexual harassment."
True discipline is self-imposed.
It’s a sad commentary on American childhood when we need laws to protect parents from persecution for letting their kids walk, play, or stay unsupervised.
Social psychology tells us that movements like March for Our Lives are unlikely to change anything.
According to the NAEP, less than 25% of both public and private school students are considered proficient in Civics by Grade 12. Only 12% are considered proficient in U.S. History!
It can be quite tempting for parents who want to see their child succeed in everything to interfere and do the work for the child.
The anti-gun movement’s elevation of these students to the status of celebrities merits scrutiny.
The late NYU Professor Neil Postman said all people must choose whether to be an Athenian or a Visigoth. But how does one tell one from the other?
The surrounding environment has less to do with it than we've been told.
A new $5 million federal program will bring free digital textbooks to students.
Gun ownership is not our problem.
What changed between the days when kids were trusted to bring guns to school and store them in lockers to our times of “zero-tolerance”?
House members were given 1,000 minutes to read a 2,232-page bill. How many do you think even tried?
With two children in tow, another one on the way, and a great deal of time in the public eye, the Duchess of Cambridge is undoubtedly one of the world’s foremost mothers.
Thousands of students walked out of their classes to protest congressional inaction on gun control earlier this month. Organizers estimate that a million students will take part in upcoming anti-gun violence rallies.
As schooling has expanded over the past several decades, consuming more of childhood than ever before, and becoming more standardized and restrictive, it should be no surprise that American creativity has...
Given the impact therapy dogs can have on student well-being, schools and universities are increasingly adopting therapy dog programs as an inexpensive way of providing social and emotional support for students.
The analogies section was removed from the SAT in 2005 for dubious reasons.
Does our society need to revive the simple straightforwardness of cultivating rational creatures?
As is typical with so many other policies, federal meddling in what should be a local matter leads to poor results.
“I feel like the media tends to focus a lot on the anger, hurt, and destruction of our youth in society,” Alessa Love, who attends Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs.
The habits families model or teach to their children – whether in spending or saving – will likely get passed on to each generation whether they are wise or not.
In his classic book 'The Art of Loving,' social psychologist Erich Fromm explained how 'being in love' depends largely on increasing our own capacity to love.
At a cost of $100,000, the city of Baltimore plans to provide 60 free buses to take students from its...
College students are very supportive of free speech protection... but only if it fits within their idea of diversity and inclusion.
A former girls-only summer camp says it now includes boys... but it's still labeled as a day program for girls. A subtle form of discrimination against boys?
Should college be the norm for students after they graduate from high school?
That's equal to an entire day of school.
If we want to raise children who can hold a conversation, they need actual people with whom to converse. Likewise, if we want to raise readers, they need, more than anything else, real and worthy books to read…
The idea that women have been freed from the chains of full-time motherhood to pursue more meaningful work is sexism disguised as enlightenment.
On May 18, 1927, a deranged and embittered farmer named Andrew Kehoe committed the worst school mass killing in American history.
The video of the protest is, frankly, cringe-worthy and embarrassing.
“I don’t really know what it means to be a boy besides physical attributes.”
An attorney representing the students had called the school’s action 'a clear case of discrimination against students with conservative beliefs by a school whose policies have been documented as promoting an extreme ideological agenda.'
Even Bill Gates commits logical fallacies on occasion.
It's not the women getting the short end of the stick.
According to news reports, recent snowfalls led the head of the Jo Richardson Community School to decree that pupils were not allowed to have snowball fights, nor were they even allowed to touch the snow.
Where women have a choice, they tend not to choose STEM jobs.
Given that the lives of schoolchildren and teachers hang in the balance, twisting the truth or hiding from it could have deadly outcomes.
The best thing that a school district security department can do to protect students is to invest heavily in cultivating a personal relationship with every single student.
Cursive writing is back in schools... but are today's kids losing the strength to actually form the letters?
In the classic work 'Economics in One Lesson,' Henry Hazlitt discussed, dissected and debunked 22 economic sophisms, many of which are still with us today.
I'm happy I have a Ph.D. But would I have pursued it knowing what I do now? Probably not.
Simply instilling basic literacy in students is not enough.
Maybe we should just stop disarming them.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is calling on Americans to embrace a vision of “education freedom” that empowers students and parents with a “multitude of pathways” toward new opportunities.
His attitude toward life is a good place to start.
Here are five books that cut to the chase of what education is and how it should be done.
College professors are realizing that their students don't know how to do anything beyond hooking up.
Some 100 hundred confused Wellesley College students turned out to protest Dr. Alice Dreger last week believing she opposes transgender rights. She doesn’t.
You may encounter these Latin abbreviations on a regular basis. But do you actually know what they stand for?
And can schools do more to compensate, perhaps preventing violence?
There may be a simple, common sense reason behind this surprising finding.
Here are 10 actions people can take beyond calling for prayers or gun control.
Making schools 'hard targets' is probably not the answer.
“Typical students burn thousands of hours studying material that neither raises their productivity nor enriches their lives.”