Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

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Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

Recent blog posts by this author

How are Humans Different Than Animals? Don't Bother Asking a Scientist.

When the question of how human beings are different from other animals comes up, scientists begin to display a disturbing handicap in answering it. The theory of evolution, whatever else might be said about it, seems to constrain their answers to...

Trump May Be Down, but He Shouldn't Be Counted Out.

Trump's lack of popularity is no surprise. Of course, he has brought much of this on himself. With the help of a hostile media, it is understandable why he can't seem to break the 45 percent ceiling. The result has been predictions of an imminent...

'Justice' is the 'Word of the Year.' But What is 'Social Justice'?

The hot new thing for dictionary companies is picking the "Word of the Year." Merriam-Webster has picked the word 'justice' for 2018. You can quibble over whether that is really the most significant word for the year, but the dictionary bases its...

A Perfect Solution to the Statue-Toppling Problem

Schools ought to teach history, not protest it.   A number of teachers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have pledged to withhold more than 2,000 grades in protest over the university's plans to house "Silent Sam" in a...

When It Comes to Children's Books, It's Time to Put the Propaganda Away

While many of America's parents are worried about how well their children can read and do math, as well how much they know, the helpful people at Lifehacker are concerned about what we should to do teach social justice.   They have...

Is Football Becoming Too Nice?

It's that time of year again. No, not the holiday season, but the football playoffs. The regular season for college football just ended, with conference playoffs next weekend. Then it is bowl season and the NCAA playoffs. The NFL still has several...

Five Modern Wise Men Everyone Should Know

Sometimes we are tempted to think that wisdom is dead and, admittedly, it sometimes seems as if that is true. And yet, there are still many modern thinkers, some of them still alive, who are able, in the words of one philosopher, to "see things and...

High School Boys Pose with Nazi Salute... but the Problem is Not Racism

A controversy erupted in Wisconsin last week when a photo of a group of boys was posted on Twitter. Not only were almost all of the boys white (a fact alarming in itself to some people), but in what looked to be a high school prom photo, they were...

There's a Good Reason Many Women Make Less Than Men

Whenever it is reported that women make less money than men, it is automatically assumed that this must be the result of discrimination. What is seldom mentioned is the factors that go into these statistics.    Are they talking about...

Why is America Divided?

In one sense political divisiveness has always been with us. The United States was birthed in political animosity. If you doubt it, go read about the contention between figures such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, or between Jefferson and...

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