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The Future of Feminism by Oliver DeMille

It could be over. The whole, centuries-long debate between men and women, as well as between women and women, over the best role for women, may be coming to an end. Ironically, this hinges not so much on women or men, but on both. And on children too. Let me explain. Feminism has progressed through several phases in history. First, … [Read more...]

Lift Where You Stand

I recently texted a buddy of mine and said, "I know we will change the world." His response has caused me much pondering and reflection: "And it will be done by everyone lifting where they stand." All too often, we shirk our duties and think, "Someone else is supposed to do that." We think our call is either too significant or not important … [Read more...]

An Audience of One

She knocks on the door to my office and waits until I motion her in. Politely she asks with expectant eyes if I'd like to visit her "gum store." For once making the right choice (trying to remember if I've put her off earlier for the same request), I rise from my work and take her by the hand. Her big brown eyes and freckled face are all … [Read more...]

In Defense of the Manual Arts

You've read a lot of articles from me promoting a liberal arts education, which we teach at Monticello College. But there is a lesser known side of our curriculum -- the manual arts, which are not something the average American thinks about in the 21st century. But a hundred years ago, the vast majority of Americans were engaged in the manual … [Read more...]

When Society Makes Sex its God

It’s time to bring to light a forgotten text that may be the definitive work on the rise and fall of civilizations. The book is called Sex and Culture and British anthropologist J.D. Unwin published it back in 1934. Unwin set out to test the idea put forth by Freud that civilization is born out of repressed sexuality. He studied 86 different … [Read more...]

Is Feminism Over?

“Though it might be naïve, [this generation has] a belief that friendships are forever, whereas most dating relationships are expected to end.” -Psychology Today, January/February 2013 “Are Girlfriends the New Husbands?” This is the title of an article in the January 2013 issue of Marie Claire magazine. The article goes on to say that the … [Read more...]

The One Thing That Really Annoys Me

By Oliver DeMille I think I’ve heard every side of the education debate over the past two decades, including different theories of education, the pros and cons of each new educational fad and curriculum, and the opinions of those who support the typical education system versus the many differing views from those who don’t. I find most of this … [Read more...]

Education Insights: Unschooling Rules (A Book Review)

By Oliver DeMille Once in a while a truly great book comes along that you just can’t wait to tell everyone else to read. Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich is that kind of book. I started reading in the afternoon and couldn’t put it down until I finished. My first thought when I completed the last page was, “I wish I had written this!” My … [Read more...]

Width or Depth? Less May Be More

By Cris Brady A good book, I think, is distinguished by its ability to transport the reader to 'somewhere else.' By this, I mean more than pulp fiction escapism. I mean a place of new thought, philosophical territory as yet unexplored by the reader, fields of new information, lands of epiphany, skies of new considerations. One such … [Read more...]

Family Roles

By Oliver DeMille Nothing will have more impact on the future of the world than the future of families. This truism is sobering as we watch the decline of the family. As we consider the industrialized world, it is disturbing to note that even amongst those who espouse, promote and live a strong family lifestyle, some of the most basic roles … [Read more...]