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The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, a Catholic and noted puffer of Camel unfiltered cigarettes, has been invited to deliver the commencement address this year at Washington’s Catholic University of America.  In advance of this weekend’s commencement, a large group of CUA faculty has signed its names to a letter taking […] Read more...

TAGS: Education, Philosophy, Politics

Most people have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not to be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble, intellectual exercise they know little or nothing. –Henry David Thoreau With apologies to C.S. Lewis, I doubt that we are […] Read more...

TAGS: Books, Culture, Education

  (This is the first in a three-part series of articles addressing current-day cultural norms and how they are potentially affecting our youth, through the means of literature, media and materialism. ) Great literature allows the reader to enter into the scene: to taste, hear, smell, feel and experience what the author is describing.  Classrooms today are studying modern […] Read more...

TAGS: American Culture, Books, Education

Un-ironic Therapist:     So tomorrow must be a really big day for you guys. Weary High School Administrator:     (staring blankly) Sorry? Therapist:      A big day for the school and for your students! Administrator:     Right.  Wednesday? Therapist:     Oh, come on–it’s Ivy League acceptance day!  2:oo pm local time–that’s when all the Ivy League schools send out their offers of […] Read more...

TAGS: American Culture, Education

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