Social-emotional learning: the latest public school gimmick

As I have said before, I do not devote much attention to whatever fresh new hell has captured the imaginations of public educators. The quality of public education in this country - which was never impressive to begin with - has collapsed so spectacularly that it is safe to say educators will obsess over absolutely … Continue reading Social-emotional learning: the latest public school gimmick

The “girlboss” hits middle age, doesn’t like what she sees (plus a fantastic new podcast)

Photo by Viridiana Ortiz Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.Robert Heinlein,┬áStranger in a Strange Land There are, broadly speaking, two kinds of unhappy people in the world: (1) people who fully understand what aspect of their life is making them unhappy, they genuinely want to … Continue reading The “girlboss” hits middle age, doesn’t like what she sees (plus a fantastic new podcast)

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s obsession with homeschooling

Were all instructors like him, the world would soon be wise.Julian Hawthorne, son of Nathaniel Hawthorne, in his biography of his parents I suppose it is a strange fascination, but I have long been interested in what sort of education the great minds in western civilization received growing up. One thing folks with genius intellects … Continue reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s obsession with homeschooling