A Harvard Professor On Why Studying The Humanities Is Essential To A Good Life

"[T]he humanists inspired by Petrarch and later Erasmus and Thomas More saw themselves as helping to rebuild Christendom by returning it to its ancient roots. They believed the study of classical languages and literatures, neglected in the Middle Ages (a period concept they invented), could improve character and create a love for wisdom and true … Continue reading A Harvard Professor On Why Studying The Humanities Is Essential To A Good Life

‘Educated For The Short Term’ Versus Educated For Eternity

"Literature and history, those two great branches of human learning, records of human behavior, human thought, are less and less valued by the young, and by educators, too. Yet from them one may learn how to be a citizen and a human being. We may learn how to look at ourselves, and at the society … Continue reading ‘Educated For The Short Term’ Versus Educated For Eternity

New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham discusses some interesting results from a new study that finds good English teachers improved students' learning in math. First, ELA [English literature] teachers may, on average, provide a bigger boost to what are usually called non-cognitive skills: self-regulation, persistence, seeing oneself as belonging in school, and so on. … Continue reading New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too