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The Classics are not the Canon

In an age such as ours, when cynicism and suspicion can make it difficult for us to take seriously anything that fails to meet our own standards or to gratify our desires, the great classics of literature have a unique power to speak to us of our potential and our peril.

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The Importance of the Classics

The great books speak to us of honor and love and sacrifice; but they do not always speak in familiar phrases. They do not tell us what we already know. Transcending current opinion and fad, through symbol and metaphor they reveal a clear and uncluttered access to the realities that determine our lives.

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Parent-Free Zone

"Anticulturalism" is the dominant ideology among child development experts, and it has filtered into the courts, into the schools, into our kitchens and family rooms.

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Adler on Education

Individuals whose schooling was specialized rather than liberal and who do not continue learning when they leave schooling behind, or do so only to improve their specialized expertise, never become generally educated human beings. This statement holds for most physicians, lawyers, and engineers, as well as for most who getting a Ph.D. merely indicated the field of specialization they would cultivate thereafter.

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The other Crisis in American Education

A college professor looks at the forgotten victims of our mediocre public educational system-the potentially high achievers whose SAT scores have fallen, and who read less, understand less of what they read, and know less than the top students of a generation ago.

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The Computer Delusion

In this Atlantic Monthly article the author argues that there is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs-music, art, physical education-that enrich children's lives to make room for this dubious nostrum. Lets think through the matter of computers in the classroom clearly before rushing to embrace them at such great cost.

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