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August 21, 2018

The Incoming Flood of College Freshmen Won’t Learn How To Write

John Maguire

John G. Maguire discusses how to improve college students’ writing.

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December 19, 2016

Me, My Emotions, and I

Nayeli Riano

College English classes should train students in scholarship, not subjectivity. 

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September 26, 2016

#PCSubtitle: Charles Dickens

National Association of Scholars

What politically correct subtitles can you compose for Charles Dickens' novels? 

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September 21, 2016

On Reading Old Books

Rachelle Peterson

Are the classics outdated? Four reasons support the reading of old—even flawed—books.

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January 12, 2016

Common Core Damage Will Last for Years to Come

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood, in a recent Heartlander article, explains the failures of Common Core and why it’s in the process of leaving America’s public schools.

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December 17, 2015

Teaching Particulars: A Review

David Randall

David Randall reviews Helaine Smith's argument for close reading in Teaching Particulars, and considers its implications for higher education.

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January 14, 2014

Defending the Humanities and Heather Mac Donald

Peter Wood

NAS president Peter Wood argues why cultivating an interest in the important and enduring achievements of the human imagination are as "relevant" as they ever were.

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January 7, 2014

Truman Show

Peter Wood

A sensible university in the Midwest shows a light-hearted side in a video featuring its president. Peter Wood gives a nod to the good humor and reflects on the strains of political correctness croppi...

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November 22, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: Hobgoblins and Consistency

Peter Wood

As we enter the last month of the semester, it's almost time for final exams. Here's a literature one for you, written by NAS president Peter Wood.

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August 30, 2013

HuffPost Live Discussion on Recent Books vs. Classics

National Association of Scholars

Ashley Thorne appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss the broader consequences of college common reading consisting almost entirely of recent books.

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