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Our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor

I'm putting together my kids' summer reading list. The 12yo is getting classics of adventure, survival, and rugged living. Captains Courageous, Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, Little Britches, Around the World in 80 Days, ... The 6yo is getting fairy tales, Aesop's Fables, Winnie the Pooh (Milne, not Disney), Thornton W. Burgess's Peter Cottontail stories, Beatrice Potter's Peter Rabbit Stories, ... IMO, giving kids the good stuff to read from the beginning is one of the best things you can do for them because it forms a standard of comparison that will last all their lives.
RayTheAnarchoCapitalist Wrote: Jun 10, 2012 7:14 PM
Do they still read Aesop's Fables in public schools? They had such valuable lessons, which seem lost on the youth of today. OWS would be served by reading the Ant and the Grasshopper.
Words Wrote: Jun 10, 2012 11:26 AM
Take a look at Treasure Island. In that book the Captain was a creep. In the movie version that all changes. They almost always want you to cheer on the criminal. One of the things our public school does well is have the children compare a book they read to the movie version. The kids have to write up the differences. It's an eye-opener for them. In the original Robin Hood, and I do mean original before the later published versions and movie version, Robin Hood was a thief and a creep.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Jun 10, 2012 1:32 PM
I almost never watch movies made from books I love since they so rarely have anything at all to do with the book.

I especially never watch Disney movies made from books I like. They invetiably have little in common with the real story beyond the title and, most of the time but not always, the main character's name.

An excerpt from Ladies and Gentlemen: Why the Survival of Our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor, by Dr. Gina Loudon and Dr. Dathan Paterno.

Lady and gentleman are somewhat familiar terms, for sure. We hear them from magicians and carnival emcees. Billboard advertising manipulates those words into a twisted description of strip clubs. We sometimes view examples of them on quaint Hallmark films. Our children even study literary characters with these names (e.g., Lady Macbeth).

But rarely do we hear the terms used to teach or uphold virtues. When was the last time you heard a parent say...

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