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Parenting During the Middle School Dark Ages

Many years ago in my new role as middle school head, a colleague told me that middle schoolers lose their brains and become different people for a few years before returning to earth as normal human beings again. At the… Read More

Why STEM Needs the Humanities

It seems the system of progressive modern education proposes a new educational fad about every twenty years. At one point it was whole language, where the emphasis on word meanings replaced skill-based instruction and purged phonics instruction. Or the new… Read More

Should We Teach Kids Cursive?

Cursive is no longer a requirement in U.S. schools, so should we continue to teach cursive penmanship at Providence? Wouldn’t teaching kids to type be more practical? As a response to the state of Illinois’ decision to pass a law… Read More

Providence Protocol: Civility and Chivalry

Our oldest son is a junior at Grove City College near Pittsburgh. Last year he was invited to a formal political event, where he met various people in the local community, and he commented on what he, in hindsight, considers… Read More


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