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  • Savor the Taste of Independence, Grow Your Own!

    Savor the Taste of Independence, Grow Your Own!0

    Growing your own tomatoes can be rewarding far beyond the sweet taste of your crop. The traditional extra benefits keep bringing many of us back season after season. If you’re a gardener, you know the great feeling of acting directly on nature to produce the food you eat. Raising tomatoes gets you outside and sweating,

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  • Walker Percy on How to Recover Education

    Walker Percy on How to Recover Education1

    Why is it that so many students in the modern American education system say that school is “boring”? Aren’t they learning about the most fascinating aspects of our world? Isn’t part of human nature, as Aristotle teaches, to desire to know? In his brilliant essay “The Loss of the Creature,” the novelist and philosopher Walker

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  • Veteran Teacher: Here’s What’s Wrong With Traditional Schooling

    Veteran Teacher: Here’s What’s Wrong With Traditional Schooling3

    For 19 years, I was a master of time. Down to the minute, I controlled time for others and used it to meet my and others’ ends, irrespective of the desires of those in front of me. In short, I was a public-school teacher, and controlling time was my talent. Although I and other adults

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  • Education Eclipsed: Unnecessary School Closures Breed Anxious Children

    Education Eclipsed: Unnecessary School Closures Breed Anxious Children1

    A total eclipse crossed the country this week in a display of natural wonder. Rather than seize the opportunity for an engaging science lesson, hundreds of school districts with several hundred thousand students decided to close for the day, many citing safety concerns that students might accidentally look at the eclipse without proper eye protection. Even worse

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  • Making a Case for Cursive

    Making a Case for Cursive2

    Recently, I asked my fifth graders if they enjoyed writing in cursive. Students at the all-boys Catholic school where I work start training in cursive penmanship in third grade, so my students had been practicing it for the better part of three years. I expected them to say that it is boring, that they do

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  • Is School Choice a Trojan Horse?

    Is School Choice a Trojan Horse?3

    School choice: It’s a term that has been making the rounds in the cultural discourse, particularly since the school closures in 2020. On the surface, giving parents and students more opportunity sounds good, but have we truly considered all of its potential consequences? What Is School Choice? Most generally, school choice “allows public education funds

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