Intellectual Takeout

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8 Deeper-Than-Usual Critiques of American Education

In 1987 Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind was published. It represented a penetrating critique of higher education in America. Almost thirty years later, his criticisms—including the following eight—are still very much relevant:...

5 Un-PC Quotes from Past Inaugural Addresses

One year from today, news cameras across the county will be focused on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as the 45th president of the United States is sworn into office. Whomever the next president is, we doubt you'll see comments like these...

Wisdom from the Supremely Quotable G.K. Chesterton

1. “Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”   2. “To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”   3. “Fallacies do not cease to be...

MLK on the Purpose of Education: 8 Quotes

January 15th marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the great leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. As the quotes below illustrate, Dr. King promoted a traditional understanding of education in which students learn to think...

10 Quotes from Bertrand Russell on Education and Life

1. “Without effort and change, human life cannot remain good.”   2. “We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.”   3...

8 Quotes on Public Speaking for Tonight’s State of the Union Address

Every year about this time, the President of the United States makes his appearance at the lectern in the House of Representatives with great pomp and circumstance - and often great political theater. In light of this expected tableau, we’ve...

Penetrating Wisdom from Marcus Aurelius

1. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”   2. “Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”   3. “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more...

9 Timeless Strategies from Sun-tzu’s ‘Art of War’

Sun-tzu’s Art of War is a highly influential text from the 5th century B.C. Its lessons have been applied in both the East and West not only to war, but also to business, politics, law, sports, and even life. After all, as Plato reminds us in the...

8 Astute Comments from Aldous Huxley

1. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”   2. “There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.”   3. “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of...

Bestselling Books: 1915 vs. 2015

Below are Publishers Weekly’s lists of the bestselling books from 1915 and 2015. As you might notice, in 1915 the bestselling books all belonged to the fiction genre:   1915 Bestsellers 1. The Turmoil, Booth Tarkington 2. A Far...

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