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Getting Young People Reading

Helping children find books that they are willing to read can sometimes be an arduous task.

Do Tablets Detract from Parent-Child Bonding Time?

Tablets are a prime source of distraction in two ways.

Summer Reading Lists for Students

Summer is a wonderful time for students to spend extra time reading and for parents to supplement the reading lists given to their children by schools. Need a little jumpstart? We’ve gathered five large reading lists to inspire your library visit.

Were Americans Illiterate Before the Arrival of Public Schools?

Were most Americans illiterate before the creation of our public education system in the 1830s?

That seems to be a popular assumption, but is it true?

Helen Keller's Impressive Reading List

At Better Ed, we are fond of encouraging an educational approach known as classical education. As the standard - but rigorous - educational model practiced from ancient times to the early twentieth century, classical education offers an antidote to the low proficiency scores and non-challenging curricula currently offered in the public school system.

Reading Levels: 1908 vs. 2014

Some of you may remember the 1908 curriculum manual I dug up in the Minnesota Historical Society archives a few months ago. When compared with a current public school reading list, it demonstrated that today’s schools are offering a more narrow view of western civilization and a simplified level of reading material.

Classical Education Middle School Reading Lists

Classical education is noted for a reading curriculum which uses classic, challenging texts to present a wide range of historical periods in an entertaining manner.


Better Ed often encourages the reading of older, classic, and challenging literature as part of our quest to promote a more rigorous education in today’s schools. Lest this encouragement turn into a “do as I say, not as I do” moment, I have sought to step up my classic literature repertoire in recent months, Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe being my latest selection.

What Makes Education "Classical"?

Have you ever heard the phrase “classical education”? Mentioning it generally brings either glazed over eyes or a vague, “Isn’t that the curriculum method homeschool overachievers follow?”

Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

I recently dug up a 1908 curriculum manual in the Minnesota Historical Society archives. It provided instructions on everything from teacher deportment to recommended literature lists for various grades. As a book lover, I was especially interested in the latter!