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What Role Do Teachers Play in Education?

<b>AFTER THE EDUCATION WARS<br>How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform</b><br>By Andrea Gabor<br>373 pp. The New Press. $27.99.<p>In 2009, Time magazine hailed School of One, an online math program piloted at three New York City public schools, as one of the year’s 50 best innovations. Each day, School of One …

Education

A wild muddle

The ethical formation of citizens was once at the heart of the US elite college. Has this moral purpose gone altogether?<i>By Chad Wellmon</i>Read at Aeon

Higher Education

People Who Love 'Pseudo-Profound Bullsh*t' Are Less Likely to Give to Charity

There are at least 12 million of you.<p>There's a distinct line between the truly profound and what sounds a bit like it might be profound. But isn't. …

Scientific Research

Hume the humane

Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now<i>By Julian Baggini</i>Read at …

What Is Walden Pond?

Its cultural meaning may be calcified—but off the page, it’s changing fast.<p>On a typical summer day at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, swimmers …

Henry David Thoreau

7 incredible things that happen once you learn to love being alone

We live in a world of constant contact — a place that’s losing sight of the importance of being alone. Offices are abandoning cubicles in favor of …

Emotional Intelligence

Can the Humanities Save Us?

I was recently asked by a student group at my university to participate in a panel discussion about the humanities. Having been asked the rather …

Humanities

Cats are neither mean nor cruel

Cats torture mice to death, play with their victims and ignore us, even though we are so good to them. In other words, they are unlike dogs. But …

Pets

Cat lovers, this is how a feline friend can boost your health

Cat enthusiasts, did you know how these elegant feline friends can enrich your life? Sure, cats are adorable when they cuddle with you, and it's so …

Pets

The High School We Can’t Log Off From

It appears we’re in the midst of yet another Twitter backlash. Marquee users have been slowly backing away from their feeds (or slipping off the grid entirely); last week, Twitter’s stock plunged by more than 20 percent after the company reported a decline in monthly users.<p>The arguments for …

Social Media

The infantilization of Western culture

If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance …

Arrested Development

'Graphic novels are novels': why the Booker Prize judges were right to choose one for its longlist

Following the announcement that Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina is the first graphic novel ever to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Joanne Harris (the …

Books

Why repetition can turn almost anything into music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

What is music? There’s no end to the parade of philosophers who have wondered about this, but most of us feel confident saying: ‘I know it when I …

Flute

Who chopped down Britain’s ancient forests? – Hugh Thomson

As part of a recent walk across England, I entered the Chilterns from their western edge, above the Thames Valley. Because the beech trees were …

Archaeology

What Can We Learn from Utopians of the Past?

Four nineteenth-century authors offered blueprints for a better world—but their progressive visions had a dark side.<p>Michael Robertson’s “The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy” (Princeton) is instructive and touching, if sometimes inadvertently funny. The …

Literature

12 Quotes About Southern Women That Are So True

Tim McGraw said it best, “Ain't nothing in the whole wide world like a Southern girl", and we could not agree more. Sweet as can be until someone …

Winston Churchill

Wise Parenting Dos and Don'ts From 1886 | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: The following excerpt comes from</i> Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms <i>by Thomas Edie Hill, which was published in 1886.</i><p>What …

Parenting

It’s a MUCH More Effective Quotation to Attribute It to Aristotle, Rather than to Will Durant | The Art of "Quotemanship" and "Misquotemanship"

Yesterday, longtime offensive lineman Matt Light <i>(left, bearded)</i> announced his retirement from the New England Patriots. During the moving and …

How to Make This the Summer of Missing Out

You could say I had the epiphany when, in the middle of a flight to Los Angeles — and a busy New York workday — the Wi-Fi stopped working. Two very odd things happened in quick succession. First: I did not fall out of the sky. Second: After recovering from the initial fury-implosion, I worked more …

Tech Industry

Is The Joy Of Missing Out The New Self-Care?

Do you feel like you need a cup of coffee just to face your to-do list? Is your day punctuated by the various pings and buzzes from your electronic devices?<p>Now ask yourself this: How many of those items are truly essential? How many of those notifications do you actually need to respond to …

Productivity

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Generation Know-Nothing’s Perfect Representative

It’s not what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that gets her into trouble; it’s what she knows for sure that just ain’t so. In an impressively …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

What makes people distrust science? Surprisingly, not politics

Today, there is a crisis of trust in science. Many people – including politicians and, yes, even presidents – publicly express doubts about the …

Americans Quit Church but Still Search for Meaning, Now as Loners

Traditional religion has social value. The individualistic quest for spirituality tends to leave the seeker isolated.<p>Look at any survey about the …

'Haunting' faces of 'ghosts' reappear in world's oldest photos

If there's something strange going on in your neighborhood, it might be a better idea to call a photographer than a ghostbuster.<p>A novel process developed at Western University and Canadian Light Source Inc. is allowing researchers to recreate photographs from the 19th century, thought to have been …

As Trump pushes Space Force, support quietly builds for 'Space Guard'

A constabulary force modeled on the Coast Guard is viewed as 'more Swiss Army knife than Ka-Bar.'<p>Forget President Donald Trump’s Space Force. What the U.S. may need more is a Coast Guard for space<b>.</b><p>Trump wants a stand-alone branch of the military — co-equal with the Army, Navy and Air Force — to …

Coast Guard

The monster festival: A pilgrimage to small town America

One of my hobbies is dragging my patient wife to small towns to study beliefs and practices related to cryptozoology – the hunt for creatures, from …

My American Dream

How I fell in love with the United States<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the December 31, 2013, issue of</i> National Review …

Twitching: The obsessive world of extreme birdwatching

Most people start training for ultramarathons because they want to get fit or raise money, but Kay Parkin runs 80 kilometres a week because she's …

21 Western Novels Every Man Should Read | The Art of Manliness

“The western story, in its most usual forms, represents the American version of the ever appealing oldest of man’s legends about himself, that of the …

How a Classics Education Prepares Students for a Modern World

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.Ian Malcolm, Jurassic ParkAs described in …