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Hoover Digest by topic: History and Social Studies

August 13, 2012

Why Reading Matters

marble relief from a second-century Roman sarcophagus
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Literature still offers the keys to self-mastery. By Victor Davis Hanson.

August 13, 2012

The Risks of a "Sputnik moment"

Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957 stamp

Do we really want the federal government to launch a national curriculum? By Williamson M. Evers.

April 6, 2012

A Boot Camp for Citizenship

Teacher shouting and kids doing pushups cartoon
Image credit: Taylor Jones

Civics education must not be indoctrination, but it also must not be overlooked. By Peter Berkowitz.

October 12, 2011

Higher Marks

How to get even better results from standardized testing. By Herbert J. Walberg.

October 12, 2011

Rhymes with "Recession"

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Hoover fellow Russell Roberts is using rap music to make the dismal science far less dismal. By Charles Lindsey.

July 13, 2011

The Core of Civic Virtue

Either we teach the young to understand and appreciate their freedom, or we cheat them of their birthright. By William Damon.

March 29, 2011

A Most Ingenious Trick

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, insists that we humans must face the truth about ourselves—no matter how good it might be. An interview with Peter Robinson.

January 12, 2011

Stalin’s Genocides

Yet another crime the Soviet dictator got away with: defining genocide to exclude what he did. Hoover fellow Norman M. Naimark tells how it happened. By Cynthia Haven.

January 12, 2011

America, Dismantled

Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell digs in his heels against American decline. By David Hogberg.

January 12, 2011

A Communist Rogues’ Gallery

Reagan meets Gorbachev
Image credit: Taylor Jones

His new Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism is no closed book. Hoover fellow Robert Service says the movement that claimed tens of millions of victims has “a living legacy, alas.” By John J. Miller.