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.

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Should the Stupidity of Youth Be Used Against Us?

All human beings of sound mind are walking, breathing time machines. With a flip of the switch—and often, under a stimulus like Proust’s madeleine biscuit, that switch sometimes flips itself—we can soar via our memories across the decades, sitting...

Does the Senate Think Americans Are Stupid? The Kavanaugh Hearings Suggest the Answer is Yes.

There’s a problem with the latest of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assaults during his high school years.   Julie Swetnik claims that Kavanaugh and other young men attended parties in high school where they filled the punch bowl...

Calling the Education System ‘Progressive’ is a Lie. Here’s Why.

A correspondent friend of mine from France recently lamented the changes in her country’s educational system and the falling test scores of French students. She then casually added, “I wish we would go back to the way we were taught in the 50s and...

Taking The Hits: 7 Ways to Raise Tough Kids

 “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But...

Swedes Are Raising Stronger Children. Here’s Why.

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. On their arrival I would lead them...

If You’re Going Through Hell: Some Thoughts

By hell, I mean neither a trivial bad-hair day nor that bleak circle of hell reserved to the clinically depressed, a condition treated these days with medication and counseling. No—by hell I intend that protracted war in which you are a lone soldier...

A Backward View: Older Books and the Culture of the Now

For almost twenty years, I have written book reviews for a weekly newspaper in Western North Carolina.   In general, reviewers take an interest only in new books. This makes some sense, as older books have already received their accolades...

Why Are Americans Such Lousy Writers?

Ours is the age of communication.   We can send an email to France in a couple of seconds, tweet out opinions as fast and furiously as President Trump, and place an order online for everything from groceries to books.   Yet...

The Antidote to Our Toxic Discourse Is Not Political ‘Correctness’—It’s Civility and Reason

Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words will never hurt me.   We’ve all heard that childhood verse, but even a five-year-old puts the boot to that second line.   Our words have power. They can wound or mend; they can...

Miss Manners Rescues Civilization: A Forlorn Hope

By now, unless you have spent the past two decades living as a Venusian, you are aware that good manners in the public square and in social media are at rock bottom. In addition to the kooks attacking speakers in colleges, mobs surrounding and...

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