entertainment and education
Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.
To edit, or not to edit your child’s playlist
Plato was right: music has a serious effect on us.
Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
An affecting memoir by Nelson Mandela's jailer.
Vale, Robin Williams, Hollywood’s melancholy funnyman
Why do we feel so moved by the death of a man we've never met?
The global race to reinvent the state
Two journalists from The Economist want to “fix Leviathan” through efficiency and better management.
Does sex have a purpose?
On the answer to this question depends the future of marriage and the family.
Is this the most miserable place on earth?
A Polish journalist hitchhikes along Russia's remote Kolyma Highway.
The tactics of the “beautiful game”
Here's your style guide to 30 days of the World Cup
A country priest, a Norwegian heroine, an American lady: bookmarks
MercatorNet contributors talk about books that have changed the way they see the world.
The Fault in Our Stars
Romance, caring, philosophy -- this novel-to-screen teen sensation has it all. Perhaps too much.
10 life lessons from Navy Seal in charge of bin Laden raid
This may just be the best commencement address ever!
Hopefully, literally, begs the question: the three most annoying misuses in English
Prescriptivist? Grammar fascist? You bet!
Who is running higher education?
The silly season of graduation ceremonies is a touchstone of the state of higher education in the US.
Chaos in Calgary
Like many other places, Alberta's finest university turns a blind eye to binge drinking. It's not a good idea.
In a culture of relativism, some things remain unchangeable, contends a MercatorNet contributor in her recent book.
The first in a series about books which changed how our contributors see the world.
Charlie Chaplin: born in rags, destroyed by riches
Peter Akroyd's biography reveals the tormented tyrant behind the creative genius.
Do you want CNN or ESPN with that burger?
Why can't I talk with you in a restaurant? Why do I have to talk to the TV?
Protecting the first “little platoon”
Society needs family values - but not the faith they are based on? Where a liberal proposal falls down.
Why schools deny that bullying causes suicide
They can't afford to take responsibility for their failed policies.
Single sex schooling and gender theory
New research questions the advantage of separate schools for boys and girls and suggests they lead to role stereotyping.
Dumbing down: the new SAT
Or how to raise education levels by lowering standards.
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