A Divided Nation: Is America “Coming Apart?”
Best-selling author and controversial social scientist Charles Murray is back in the news. This time it’s because of his new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010.”
In “Coming Apart,” Murray deftly wields both statistical data and anecdotal … More>
A Child’s Imagination is a Terrible Thing to Waste
A book review of Anthony Esolen’s “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child,” written exclusively for The University Bookman.
The Bedroom in the Classroom: Clio is Not Amused
Though my mastery of Greek mythology is not strong enough to know off-hand the muse of history’s sexual orientation, I do know that Clio might try to persuade her father to hurl thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus into Sacramento as punishment … More>
Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World
A book review of Howard Gardner’s “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century,” written for the University Bookman.
The Death and Life of the Great American Society
“The Death and Life of the Great American School System” By Diane Ravitch | Basic Books (March 2, 2010) | 283 pp. | List Price: $26.95
In her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: … More>
Why Don’t Students Like School?
The beginning of June brings the onset of summer vacation for children across the United States. The excitement bubbling in their young hearts is easy to understand yet also offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on why students tend to … More>
V&V PAPER — E.D. Hirsch Jr.: The Twentieth Century’s Liberal Conservative Educator
Editor’s note: “E.D. Hirsch Jr.: The Twentieth Century’s Liberal Conservative Educator” (6,389 words), by Dr. Jason R. Edwards, research fellow with The Center for Vision & Values and an associate professor of education and history at Grove City College.
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V&V Q&A: On E.D. Hirsch Jr. and Cultural Literacy
Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. … More>
Ignorance is Not Bliss
Quick, attempt the following: Name the three branches of the federal government. Recognize the speech where the words “of the people, by the people, and for the people” come from. Identify the female judge on American Idol.
The Intercollegiate … More>
Whatever Happened to the “Education President?”
The last three presidents clamored for the title but in 2008, the economy, terrorism, and “Saturday Night Live” skits have pushed education out of the media’s election circus.
However, since Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976, American schooling has proven to … More>
Four for the Fourth
It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas. When December rolls around everyone knows which movies to watch to celebrate the holidays. Sadly, America’s birthday doesn’t seem quite so lucky. So, here is a list of four films … More>
The Search for “Higher” Education
Like swallows returning to Capistrano, spring always marks the flocking of parents with their high-school senior children to my college classroom. Nobly, parents take their charges on multiple tours of colleges and universities in order to make an informed choice … More>
V&V Q&A: On the Church and State and Public Education (with Dr. Jason Edwards)
Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. … More>
Readings Outside the Box
A joint book review of Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons and Bill Kauffman’s Look Homeward, America
Over a decade has passed since the fall of Soviet Communism, but in America, the two political parties essentially defined by their approach to the … More>
June’s arrival marks the end of another school year and the resultant joy of students. As a teacher, I want to suggest an appropriate way to celebrate: a bonfire. Not just any bonfire though, but one that uses as its … More>
Fewer Teachers; More Coaches
America needs fewer teachers and more coaches.
After twenty-three years of schooling, I have seen my fair share of teachers and perhaps the best was my dissertation advisor Dr. John R. Thelin. As would be expected, Dr. Thelin brought to … More>
A “Foote” Note of History
With the arrival of a national holiday, concomitant weekend getaways, and the ceaseless pounding of sensationalistic news headlines, it sadly becomes far too easy to miss the passing of an age. And, in fact, that has just happened when at … More>
It’s the Story, Stupid!
Summer’s arrival means one thing to Hollywood: money. For decades summer blockbusters have represented both Hollywood’s largest budgets and revenues. Not looking to impress the Academy with thought-provoking scripts or virtuoso acting performances, movie studios offer roller-coasters not Shakespeare-in-the-park.
Perhaps … More>