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Vickie Oddino: My Time In Greece and Italy

Vickie Oddino: My Time In Greece and Italy

Here we have a guest blogger, Vickie Oddino. Her sharp eye caught unique aspects of our trip to Greece and Italy, which I wanted to

Sicily at Last

Sicily at Last

After enjoying the richness of Olympia, we skedaddled back to Athens and took a flight to Catania, Sicily the next day for the final leg

Plumbing the Pelopponese

Plumbing the Pelopponese

From Lesvos, we flew back to Athens and immediately boarded our coach for the Peloponnese. We had the services of an extremely knowledgeable historian as

Learning in Lesvos

Learning in Lesvos

Aristotle’s Lagoon: Naturalist Filios Akriotis informs Ray Raad about the lush bird and sea life in the large inland body of salt water in the

Athens Adventures

Athens Adventures

Before I continue chronicling our trip, I wanted to report that The Beverly Review published an article about our trip while we were away: “Woman Makes Great Connections

The Adventures of The Great Connections in Greece and Italy Part 1

The Adventures of The Great Connections in Greece and Italy Part 1

We read Will Durant’s The Life of Greece in preparation for our trip and it gave us a rich, rich background from which to understand the country

Rise of the Classics

Rise of the Classics

The Classics, or Great Books—weren’t they the dreck of dead white males? In the past few years, many have discovered otherwise and now there’s astonishing

The Brightest Students Don’t Get Enough Attention

The Brightest Students Don’t Get Enough Attention

A new longitudinal study of 5,000 mathematically precocious children concludes — as I’ve long thought — that very smart students do not get enough attention in school.

Do We Need the Department of Education?

Do We Need the Department of Education?

In the latest edition of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis, Charles Murray recently wrote an excellent piece entitled “Do We Need the Department of Education?” adapted from a 2011 speech of his.

Arthur Koestler on Education and the Sciences

Arthur Koestler on Education and the Sciences

From Arthur Koestler’s fascinating autobiography Arrow in the Blue, he describes the crucial reasons for what we do at The Great Connections: “For people who regard mathematics

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