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‘Challenging’ Students Is Not Achieved with Sexual Pictures

Sep 01, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

Ashley Thorne argues that college common readings need to challenge students intellectually - and that graphic novels don't do that.

Joseph Epstein on the Beach Books report

Oct 30, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Renowned essayist Joseph Epstein reflects on NAS's latest report on college freshman reading. 

Building a Community?

Jul 21, 2014 by Anthony Esolen |

Anthony Esolen, Professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, discusses how a classical common core promotes intellectual life, communion, and wonder. 

What We’re Reading: NAS Goes to the Beach 2014

Jun 30, 2014 by NAS |

Members of the NAS staff share their summer reading lists and offer book recommendations.

Thalaba the Destroyer and Other Forgotten Friends: An Invitation to Readers

Jun 18, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

We invite NAS readers to submit reflections on older books.

Post-Literate College Students

Jan 10, 2014 by George Leef |

Many of whom struggle with and dislike reading, and professor Tom Bertonneau writes about the decline of literacy in America.

Education by Metaphor

Sep 19, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

Professor Robert Frost on poetry and education.

Beach Books Roundup

Sep 18, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

Join the conversation around NAS's August report Beach Books 2012-2013.

Common Core State Standards: The Achievement Gap

Sep 05, 2013 by William H. Young |

William Young explains why a uniformly rigorous core curriculum will produce the best results for all students, irrespective of their social backgrounds.

The Reader’s Progress

Aug 30, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

It's never too early to introduce students to classic reads.

Readers Weigh In on Teaching the Classics

Aug 27, 2013 by NAS |

Readers respond to Ashley Thorne's analysis of common reading at American colleges and universities.

Common Core State Standards: College and Career Readiness

Aug 22, 2013 by William H. Young |

William Young discusses the serious decline in literacy and quantitative skills among students currently entering college.

Beach Books: 2012-2013

Aug 19, 2013 Ashley Thorne, Crystal Plum, Peter Wood, Tessa Carter |

A report on the books assigned in 2012–2013 as "common reading."

Common Core State Standards: The Gettysburg Address

Aug 08, 2013 by William H. Young |

William Young examines the proposed CCSS approach to reading and textual analysis.

Common Core State Standards: Nonfiction Versus Fiction

Aug 01, 2013 by William H. Young |

Wiliam Young examines the controversy over CCSS proposals for K‒12 reading content.

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