Abigail Herbst

Abigail Herbst

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Abigail Herbst is an Alcuin Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. She is currently pursuing a degree from the Great Books program at Thomas Aquinas College in California. She is a Minnesota native, but loves traveling, hiking, and spending time with her eleven (yes, eleven) siblings.

Recent blog posts by this author

How the Term 'Social Justice Warrior' Became an Insult

Virtually everyone has heard of the term social justice warrior by now. The term has become quite popular the past few years—so big in fact, that the Oxford Dictionary added it to their dictionary in 2015. Most people by now know that when someone...

Is Spanking Harmful? Why Research Hasn’t Given Us a Clear Answer

The spanking debate, in case you have not heard, is over. Or is it?   Contrary to Psychology Today’s pronouncement, arguments over the effectiveness are far from over. Child professionals line up either on either side of the debate, armed...

3 Reasons Kids Are Misbehaving More—and What Parents Can Do About It

A few years ago, I took a summer job working at a local school’s childcare program. I was placed with a group of students grades four through eight. I had a great experience, but I will admit it was not easy. Some of the children had me positively...

3 Things You Need to be Friends with People You Disagree With

I spent the past weekend relaxing with old friends. While it was a busy weekend, we had plenty of time to catch up. Over the course of the weekend, we discovered how much we have changed in just a few years. We live very different lives and hold...

What Living in a Single-Sex Dorm Has Taught Me About Men and Women

The college I attend is admittedly not your average college. We have no majors and no minors. We have no professors and no lectures, and I’ve not cracked open a textbook in the entire time I’ve been here. We don’t have many tests at all. (Don’t...

Why It’s Okay That the Constitution Isn’t Perfect

In the current political climate, it’s not that unusual to hear the American Constitution maligned. Despite this fact, I was still surprised to hear the Constitution referred to in an article as a “janky” and “antiquated” document which is...

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

Meet Permit Patty (real name: Allison Ettel), the allegedly racist and anti-entrepreneur terror of the streets. She was recently recorded calling the cops on an 8-year old. Within hours, Permit Patty’s face was all over the internet. She admitted...

Why ‘Social Justice Math’ Misses the Point of Learning Math

It’s a common occurrence: a math teacher stands at the front of the classroom, struggling to keep the student’s attention. One student is on the phone. Another stares straight ahead into the distance. And the kid in the back row is asleep. Again....

3 Takeaways on Jordan B. Peterson After Watching Him Speak on Tour

I’ve known about Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson for a while and have watched a few of his Youtube lectures out of curiosity. But I hadn’t given him much thought until I recently found myself in a position I never thought I’d be in as a female...

Is Loneliness Fueling the Rise of Political Polarization in the U.S.?

While browsing through a recently discovered bookstore, I stumbled across a book titled, Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right by Ken Stern.   Finding the title intriguing, I opened the book and...