Author Archives: Gracy Olmstead

About Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is an associate editor at TAC. She is a graduate of Patrick Henry College and an Idaho native. In addition to The American Conservative, she has written for The Washington Times, the Idaho Press Tribune, and Acculturated. Follow Gracy on Twitter @GracyOlmstead, or e-mail at golmstead@theamericanconservative.com.

How Parental Involvement Affects Students’ College Success

Children with “highly involved fathers” are 98 percent more likely to complete …

The Stillness of Saturday

It’s Saturday—the day of waiting, the day of quiet. The day when …

Building Conservative Prison Reform

Talk of bipartisan prison form has rallied spirits in Washington in recent …

What Austen Taught Me

The great novelist’s books teach lessons in virtue alongside the romance.

Bard College Declares War on Admissions Rigmarole

I once tutored a student who could write an A+ essay, and …

Thoreau vs. St. Benedict: How We “Opt Out” Matters

“Homesteading” has come back into vogue—but it’s not the old, federal-grant-fueled farming …

Fighting Income Inequality With Friendship

Richard Beck wrote Tuesday on friendship at his blog, Experimental Theology, arguing that …

Meeting Past Selves by Reading Where You’re From

After perusing some old bookshelves and boxes, I discovered an old nature …

What’s Happening in Egypt?

The turmoil and tension surrounding Ukraine has dominated the media as of …

Why Do Americans Drink Coffee?

The way you drink, where you drink, how you drink—all becomes part of your persona.

After I’m Gone: A Commentary on Crisis

“A therapist I know—” Rachel was careful not to say my therapist; …

Why Finland’s Educational Model Is More Conservative Than Ours

Advocates of education reform have pointed to Finland consistently over the past …

Pop Culture and the Public Library

Dividing high and pop culture seems antithetical to true diversity and inclusion.

Common Core & Globalization: Fact and Fiction, Part VI

Indiana is set to dump the Common Core standards, after a proposal …

Common Core and Teachers: Fact and Fiction, Part IV

Question: Does Common Core’s focus on skills and test results hurt teachers? …

Common Core and “Informational Texts”: Fact and Fiction, Part III

As part of a continuing discussion on the myths and truths surrounding …

Common Core and Data Mining: Fact and Fiction Part II

Thoughtful commenters on last week’s “Fact and Fiction at CPAC Common Core …

Meaning in the “Infinity Machine”

Douglas Hine wrote a wonderful piece at Aeon Magazine Thursday on information …

Fact and Fiction at CPAC Common Core Panel

Concerns expressed at CPAC’s “Common Core, Choice, and Accountability” forum are much …

Housing the Homeless in Hipsterville

Gentrification has consequences, as Ed Leibowitz’s Wednesday piece in  Politico Magazine makes clear. …

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