The Community Cost of Reading ‘Huck Finn’

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently that school administrators at a Quaker school in Pennsylvania removed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum to placate students who complained that racial elements in the book made them feel uncomfortable. The administrators concluded that the “costs” to the community of assigning the book outweighed its literary value. On the contrary, … Continued


What Your Kids Can Learn from Nikola Tesla

During a recent book club meeting with a bunch of third through sixth graders, I asked the girls to write down the three most useful traits if you were attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a 45-foot sailboat alone. The girls were immersed in Sharon Creech’s award winning book, The Wanderer, a story about … Continued

Books, Culture

He’s Not a “Reluctant Reader.” He’s a Boy.

Stand around with any group of moms of elementary school-aged boys and eventually the words “reluctant” and “reader” will enter the conversation. A recently released local book list for the summer called attention to the fact that it was designed to entice reluctant readers. The “reluctant” umbrella captures a wide swath of children today, especially … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

by Emily Esfahani Smith Where pop culture meets the virtues . . . One ‘Magic Room’ That Links Generations of Brides—WSJ How I Learned About Courage From an Arab Marxist—Barry Rubin at PJ Media (via Power Line) Even the Eastwood Family Can’t Escape Reality TV—FilmDrunk Film Review: A Separation and the Iranian Devolution—NY Mag Are … Continued