E.D. Hirsch on Education Reform


E.D. Hirsch, Jr., now retired, was until recently Professor of English and of Education and Humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several widely read books on the subjects of cultural literacy and education reform, including Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Houghton Mifflin, 1987), The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking […]

Steve Jobs’s Greatest Speech


Many of you will already know about the eloquent and deeply moving commencement address that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. For those of you who may not have encountered this great speech before, we wanted to draw it to your attention. Steve Jobs, we need scarcely say, is the college drop-out who, […]

Great Teachers: Mary Poplin


Mary S. Poplin holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. A former public-school teacher, she is currently Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Dr. Poplin has come to the attention of those concerned with public education in America for two different reasons. First, as the director […]

Prager University—Some Notes


Well-known radio talk-show host and conservative pundit, Dennis Prager, has inaugurated an interesting, if somewhat offbeat, Internet educational experiment. He has assembled a group of like-minded television and radio personalities in order to put together a package of short video lectures on a variety of topics from a conservative political perspective. The videos incorporate high […]

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Randy Pausch (1940-2008) was a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon Institute. He specialized in the development of human-computer interfaces. In August of 2007, Pausch learned that he had metastatic pancreatic cancer, and was given only a few months to live. The following month, he delivered what has come to be known as his “Last […]

Richard Hamming on Scientific Creativity


In 1986, after a long and productive career as a scientist, Richard Hamming gave a famous lecture entitled “You and Your Research,” which is widely available online (click here for pdf and here for html). Because of its length, we have collected some of its high points. It is one of the best statements you’ll find on […]

Boys and Elementary Education

Many statistics indicate that boys as a group are not flourishing in today’s elementary school environment. For example: Suspension rate for boys = 2.5 × the rate for girls Expulsion rate for boys = 3.3 × the rate for girls Number of boys in special education classes ≥ 2 × the number of girls Number of pupils […]

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love

“You are the most important event in your parents’ love life.” This is one of the many insights that Professor David O’Connor conveys to his students in his highly popular University of Notre Dame course, “Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love.” This outstanding course is an exploration of the subject of erotic love from a variety of viewpoints, […]

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