10 years ago
An ex-student of mine once taught at an early-college high school. He was charmed by the gusto and ambition of his pupils, but saddened that the drive to cram prematurely and play educational leapfrog was depriving them of their youth. The kids ha...
16 years ago
The next time you read about a college president or dean clamping down on some student activity, remember this. The first universities were founded by students themselves, who understood that banding together could protect their interests and ampl...
17 years ago
You may remember having your patience tried by Ric Burns's recent PBS documentary about New York City. Not by the length of the multipart series, but by its tireless triumphalism. How many times, and in how many ways, could we endure being told th...
18 years ago
There were two types of American men who entered my youth. The first were the Mormon missionaries who often made the rounds in my small Scottish town. Inviting them in to chat was like having bona fide aliens in your house. The bubbly candor with ...