Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

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Jeff Minick is a free-lance writer and teacher living in Front Royal, Virginia. He may be found online at jeffminick.com.

Recent blog posts by this author

Shots Fired: Some Thoughts on Guns and Gun Control

In 1961, when I was a 10-year-old living in Boonville, North Carolina, a town of 600 people, firearms were commonplace. Some of the townspeople hunted with rifles and shotguns, others kept handguns in their homes. High school kids drove to school...

Why We Need to Take Education Back to Past Practices

Sometimes the best way to go forward is to go backward. In 1899, the population of Boonville, North Carolina was under 200. It was a tiny crossroads town in the middle of farming country. It was also the home of the Yadkin Valley Institute and...

Forever Free: The Importance of Literacy

"You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." ~Ray Bradbury One way to get people to stop reading books is to fail to teach them to read proficiently. Permit me to digress from that idea for a...

‘What Do Women Want?’ – It’s the Wrong Question to Ask

“What does a woman want?” Freud famously asked. My friend John, a man in his late fifties, has recently raised this same question several times and is, I am unhappy to report, growing into something of a misogynist. He makes exceptions, one of...

Culture of Respect: Conservatives Need Not Apply?

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) are located in the Finger Lakes District of New York. Once two separate colleges, Hobart for men and William Smith for women, the jointly organized colleges have a student body of around 2,200. Like most...

Is Common Sense Becoming Uncommon?

How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four, because even if you call it a leg, it’s still a tail. – Abraham Lincoln P.J. O’Rourke once wrote, “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to...

Triggered: An Experiment

“When I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.” Tonight, for no reason in particular, that line drifted up from the rubbish pit of my brain, that junk yard containing such bits and pieces of poetry learned in elementary school,...

Lost Innocence: Let’s Give Children a Childhood

Back when I used to own a bookstore in Waynesville, North Carolina, a grandmother with two adolescent grandchildren visited our shop. The kids were soon sitting on the floor, absorbed in books, and the grandmother engaged me in conversation, telling...

Back Row Kids: Dignity, Work, and the Vision of Williamson College

On July 1, 1997, a massive rockslide closed I-40 between the Tennessee and North Carolina line. Boulders the size of school buses crashed across the highway and fell into the nearby Pigeon River. It took more than two months for work crews and...

Inoculating Our Children Against Socialism

For the first time in our history, many politicians and candidates label themselves socialists, as if that title were a badge of honor. Many of their young constituents doubtless find something just and romantic in the idea of socialism. Some...

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