Madeleine Ahlbrecht

Madeleine Ahlbrecht is a 2019 Alcuin Intern. She is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College where she studied Latin and Ancient Greek.

Recent blog posts by this author

Why Are Children’s Books Narrating Confusion?

Did you know that crayons care about identity politics and race? I didn’t. I just thought they were great for coloring! Luckily I came across The Day the Crayons Quit, by Oliver Jeffers. Each crayon writes a note to a little boy, Duncan, with...

Squashing Free Speech With High Heels

Political correctness has now conquered beauty pageants. On July 18th, Kathy Zhu was suddenly stripped of her Miss Michigan crown. Subsequently, she was disqualified from competing in Las Vegas for the Miss World America Organization (MWA)...

What ‘The Little Mermaid’ Really Teaches About Unrequited Love

Ah, unrequited love! It’s the bane of any young daydreamer. The Little Mermaid is a great story that teaches how to deal with such sorrowful heartbreak: accept reality and abandon selfish schemes. Perhaps you’re thinking: “Wait. That’s not...

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

Modern society shouts for more handouts to the poor. Yet when it comes to actually giving to charity or helping those in need, less than one-third of Americans volunteered in 2017. Modern society also demands better education for children, but...

When Knitting Becomes Political

Should a crafting website be a forum for political discussion?  And if the website claims to be “inclusive” can it ban one political viewpoint from its forums?  That’s a question we should all ponder in the wake of Ravelry’s recent...

'Sowing' Virtues

Most 21st century 12-year-old girls ask for ready-to-wear clothes and accessories for birthdays. Not me. I giggled with joy when I received beautiful uncut fabric, lace, and buttons that I could work on to make into clothing. I eagerly...