At The Quad, we pledge to take seriously matters of gravity, to poke fun at that which deserves deflation, and to demonstrate a total and reckless disregard for the topical limitations of traditional academia. We know your education happens both in the classroom and everywhere else you ever go. We do our best to go there with you.
This is the unbounded spirit in which The Quad is conceived. We believe that in order for education to be meaningful, inspiring, and lasting, it must be personal. It has to meet you on your own ground, where you live, work, and play.
We celebrate the achievements of great educators and bright students, but we also take time to recognize the artists, musicians, actors, athletes, authors, technologists, CEOs, intellectuals, humorists, inventors and philosophers who inspire us to greater achievement from places far beyond the halls of our schools.
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The Quad has five major divisions:
- Policy & Curriculum keeps a watchful eye on the culture, politics, and policies driving education.
- Technology & Innovation highlights the most inspiring, unprecedented and invaluable achievements in the field.
- Student Health engages openly and honestly with the subjects impacting your health and well-being.
- Extracurriculars hits on everything from music, theatre, and intramural lacrosse to chess club, pep squad and amateur pantomime.
- Guidance Counselor is that helpful little voice on your shoulder, guiding you through the college application process, counseling you as you contemplate your major, whispering sarcastic remarks in your ear as you register for classes.
Education & Culture is a “critical review,” which is to say it’s a member of the same family that includes the TLS, the New York Review of Books, The Literary Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Claremont Review of Books, and many others in this genre, past and present.
Most of the pieces in E&C take off from a book or several books: history, literature, music, science & math, religion, sports, art, anthropology, fashion, politics, philosophy, and so on—anything under the sun. We also publish pieces on movies & TV, interviews, freestanding essays, poetry, reportage, and more.
A jumble, then, a hodgepodge? Only insofar as that is true of the world itself, the universe, the whole shebang. This little miscellany is a microcosm of the reality we all share. Magazines such as E&C—”reviews”—encourage an awareness of the many-sidedness of things, a mingled sense of irony and awe, a sharp taste both of the absurdity and of the inexhaustible richness of creation.
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Check out Education & Culture.
John Wilson further develops this theme in his article Magazine as Microcosm.
Aspiring students need good information to guide and orient their education. A lot of good information can be covered in shorter articles of the sort common at TheBestSchools.org. But sometimes what students need to know requires a longer treatment, even a whole book.
Under its imprint TBS Press, TheBestSchools.org therefore commissions books that we think will be especially helpful to our readers. We make these books freely available online at our website. But some of them we also publish and distribute at reasonable cost through online booksellers.
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Books Published by TBS Press
Noble-Wilson Dialogue on Evolution: Is Neo-Darwinism Enough (2017), by Denis Noble and David Sloan Wilson.
The Savvy Student’s Guide to Study Skills, by Patrick O’Connor (2017), by Patrick O’Connor.
The Savvy Student’s Guide to College Education (2016), by Patrick O’Connor, with a foreword by Dr. Ben Carson.
It Takes Ganas: Jaime Escalante’s Secret to Inspired Learning (2016), by Bill Dembski and Alex Thomas, with a foreword by Henry Gradillas. Also en Español.
The Best University in Each Country (2016), by Stephen DeRose.
Ehrman-Licona Dialogue on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament (2016), by Bart Ehrman and Michael Licona, with a foreword by John Wilson (forthcoming).
Academic Gamesmanship: How to Make a PhD Pay, updated edition (2015), by Pierre van den Berghe.
Sheldrake-Shermer Dialogue on the Nature of Science (2015), Rupert Sheldrake and Michael Shermer.
Another important project we have initiated is an indefinite series of civil dialogues between opposing scholars on a variety of subjects. We know that many of the greatest achievements in the world sprang forth despite, and/or due to, adversity. We also realize the sad truths that the art of discussing controversial matters is vanishing, and that too many controversial subjects become nothing more than polarizing bullet points or sound bites, with seemingly no room for conversation.
The challenge is to provide a place and structure for opposing voices to confront each other rather than talk past each other. Whether the controversies are resolved or not is not the goal—the goal is to open the conversation.
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For more information about our Focused Civil Dialogues, click here. Below are our four installments.
A project dear to our hearts centers around the the legacy of Jaime Escalante and Henry Gradillas, the teacher and principal depicted in the film Stand and Deliver; their outstanding work at Garfield High School in the 1980s shines a beacon to this day.
Through our annual $20,000 Best in Education Prize, we hope to find and acknowledge outstanding teachers and school administrators across America. Our aim is not only to recognize the individuals, their work, and their schools; it is to energize the spirit of excellence in education for all educators.
More Information on Escalante-Gradillas
- The Escalante-Gradillas $20,000 Prize for Best in Education
- Here’s our 2015 Best in Education WINNER! Lisa Kaplan: A South Philly Turnaround Artist!
- Meet the 2015 Escalante-Gradillas Best in Education Prize Top 10 Finalists!
- “Jaime Escalante in the 21st Century: Still Standing and Delivering” by James Barham
- “Henry Gradillas Interview” by TBS Staff
- “Angelo Villavicencio Interview” by TBS Staff (Villavicencio worked with Escalante)