Grade Inflation Meets Course Inflation

Although high schools have been adding rigorous-sounding courses like calculus and Advanced Placement English to the curriculum for at least ten years, according to the most recent National Education Achievement Progress (NAEP) report, 17-year-olds in 2009 scored no higher in reading and math than they did in 1973. Slapping a difficult-sounding title on a course […]

Two Weeks to read The Black Stallion?

Why are we surprised at the inefficiency of American education when teachers feel they have to bribe children with commercial field trips to get them to read a book that children of an earlier generation read because they wanted to?

Myself is Not the same as Me or I

Back when teachers taught grammar in English class–in contrast to things like “shaping your writing for your community”–anyone who had been to school for eight years or more did not make mistakes with I, me, and myself. Nowadays, when “grammar” is a dirty word for the people who run the schools, college graduates flounder with […]

The First Christian Emperor

Constantine is remembered as the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, but it wasn’t until the reign of Theodosius I that Christianity became the Empire’s only legally-recognized religion.

Television as Brain Deadener

Last night I watched Good Night and Good Luck, George Clooney’s movie about the attempt of CBS reporter Edward Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly to employ television as a means of communicating with the American public on the basis of intelligent inquiry and discussion. Quite aside from the political aspects of Murrow’s conflict with […]

The Tide is TURNING

Arkansas state representative Charlie Collins wants to make it legal for college staff to carry concealed weapons. He thinks that public opinion is in the process of changing and will soon be with him. At least that’s what I think he meant when he said, “The tide is churning. It will soon be one of […]