We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sad list of books they are suggesting. I just signed up for the online course from Hillsdale College covering "Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern" as their previous offerings have been well worth the time, both in literature and history. They are free, but you can send them a donation.
The college does not take federal funds. Larry Arnn heads it.
The Screwtape Letters was Belmont Abbey's selection. Belmont Abbey is a Catholic school outside Charlotte with a very traditional bent. They are frequently an outlier in higher education. For instance, they have an outstanding general education curriculum at a time when most schools have made general education so expansive it is meaningless.
I was recently in my library's children section and I asked for the reading list for the summer. There were NO classics on that list. Most of the authors (except for one)were people who had just published their first novel and it, of course, dealt with whatever modern nonsense is popular at this time.
When I asked the two librarians where were the classics, they stared blankly at me and could not name one classic.
What would you all consider children's classics that you would recommend to your children?
Here were some of my favorites:
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Harriet the Spy
all of the Mary Poppins, Nancy Drew, and Hardy Boys books
Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates
Beautiful Joe Little Women