December 11, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


The Violation of Peter Rabbit

If the text of this pirated version of Peter Rabbit is any indication of the stuff beginning readers are exposed to on a regular basis, no wonder so many of them grow up convinced that reading is a bore. […]

Gulliver’s Travels Not Just for Children

On the surface, Gulliver’s Travels is an entertaining fantasy that appeals especially to young readers. For the adult reader, Swift’s masterpiece is a thought-provoking study of mankind’s capacity for good and evil. […]

Choosing Books

Some professional educators will tell parents, “It doesn’t matter what they read, as long as they are reading.”

Not true. Children are like computers: Garbage In, Garbage Out.


A Troubling Children’s Book

How to Get Married by Me, the Bride is described by some reviewers as “hilarious” and “witty.” I find it disturbing. […]

ABC Book, Mischief or Meanness?

This ABC book by Ashman and Carpenter is one to avoid. […]