Anthony Esolen

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Life Under Compulsion: The Dehumanities

Imagine a new father looking into the eyes of his child.  A wisp of blond hair curls about the scalp.  The fingers, wrinkled like...

Life Under Compulsion: Bad Universality

I had not thought that the tsars of education could possibly have come up with another idea as inhuman or stupid as have been...

Life Under Compulsion: Curricular Mire

In my last essay, I took issue with the inescapable computer, that costly thing on the student’s desk in “good” schools, inducing the itch...

Life Under Compulsion: Human-Scale Tools and the Slavish Education State

When he was governor of Maine, Angus King made sure that there was a computer on the desk of every middle-school child in the...

Life Under Compulsion: If Teachers Were Plumbers

This is Part IV of a series of essays. For previous installments of "Life Under Compulsion," see Part I, Part II, and Part III. “Good morning,...

Life Under Compulsion: The Billows Teaching Machine

Charlie Chaplin is working on an assembly line.  He tightens bolts with a pair of wrenches.  He does this without stop, over and over,...

Life Under Compulsion: From Schoolhouse to School Bus

“Imagine,” said my friend, “how long it takes the bus to go from Little Anse,” a village at the extreme end of the island...

Life Under Compulsion

In 1940, when the Nazis attacked their supposed racial kinfolk in Norway and set up a puppet government under the odious Quisling, the novelist...