Parents Should Start the New Year by Reassessing Their Kids’ Screen-Time

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” That’s what Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, said recently about the social media giant. He explained: Facebook “literally changes your relationship … Continued

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What Leonardo da Vinci Can Teach Us About Curiosity

Leonardo da Vinci is hot right now. CBS News recently did a special report on him. Another Leonardo (DiCaprio) is planning to produce a bio pic about him. And Walter Isaacson (biographer of Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein) just published an epic new biography, Leonardo da Vinci, which creates a portrait of the … Continued

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Want to Write the Next ‘Hamilton’? Read a Difficult Book

Who’s going to write the next Hamilton? The musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genuine phenomenon, an inspired work that ingeniously fuses hip-hop and literature. So who can match it? Whoever tries should forget about themselves for a couple of years and just read books and study great art. Critics love to praise Hamilton for … Continued

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Bedtime Stories Help Kids—So Ban Them?

Class divides and racial divides are passé. Now, there’s bedtime reading inequality. In a recent article for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, journalist Joe Gelonesi asked whether loving families are an “unfair advantage.” The piece asked whether we should level the academic playing field among all children, by having all parents stop bedtime reading in order … Continued

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Bowdoin: Putting the “Liberal” in Liberal Arts

You have to feel sorry for the man. The National Association of Scholars dropped a massive, 360-page bombshell against the Bowdoin College outlining the school’s transgressions—the abolition of general education requirements, course politicization, promotion of promiscuity, anti-religious attitude, and grade inflation—in exhaustive nuance and detail. President Barry Mills was left sputtering about the allegedly “mean-spirited and personal” … Continued

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