“This Story Shall the Good Man Teach His Son”: How Most Modern Education Fails Students and How I Respond

Limiting students’ encounter with World War I, or with any instance of suffering, to Owen’s poem and its philosophy that our view of suffering should be determined by its visible effects, gives students a false and soul-embittering view of human life.

Six Unconventional Questions for Choosing a College

It’s college-picking time of year again. Here are six unconventional things to consider before you embark on a journey to the ivory towers. Do you really need to go to college? You probably won’t hear this question much, because colleges all want you to pick them, because governments want to loan you money so theyContinue reading “Six Unconventional Questions for Choosing a College”

Executing Tradition: Cultural Death and the Manipulation of the Young

Increasingly, there are calls for educators to reject “adultism” in teaching their students. “Adultism” is essentially the idea that adults (parents, teachers, law enforcement officials, pastors, government leaders, etc.) have too much authority over children and young people. This must be done, anti-adultists (who are all adults themselves) say, because children lose self-esteem when theyContinue reading “Executing Tradition: Cultural Death and the Manipulation of the Young”

The President’s Speech: Reagan on History Education

Today is the 28th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s farewell address, January 11, 1989. His comments on history education are spot on, and worth quoting at length. Read the rest here. Finally, there is a great tradition of warnings in Presidential farewells, and I’ve got one that’s been on my mind for some time. ButContinue reading “The President’s Speech: Reagan on History Education”

ACTA: American Students Don’t Know American History or Government

In a study released this month, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reveals that college graduates have low levels of knowledge about American history and government. For example, roughly 50% of college graduates could not explain the term lengths of Congressmen,  roughly 70% could not “identify James Madison as the Father of the Constitution,”Continue reading “ACTA: American Students Don’t Know American History or Government”

For True Equality, Ban Bedtime Stories

Otherwise Entitled: The Importance of Reading To and With Your Children (of Any Age!) This story, from an Australian news source, notes that students benefit most in their education if they have loving parents who read to them. However, according to Adam Swift, these loving parents who read to their children give those children “an unfair advantage”Continue reading “For True Equality, Ban Bedtime Stories”