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CiRCE Staff Mar 27, 2015

Congratulations to our winners of the Lost Tools of Writing photo contest!

Check out their creativity below.

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Brian Phillips Mar 26, 2015

Flannery O’Connor would have turned ninety yesterday.  The Georgia-born writer authored two novels and over thirty short stories that continue to shock readers through her grotesque, often violent, characters and scenes that highlight the need for grace and redemption.  A devout Catholic in the Protestant-dominated South, O’Connor was a distinctly Christian writer whose works would never see the light of most Christian bookstores. 

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Louis Markos Mar 26, 2015

Two decades after publishing The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis published a standalone essay, “Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” in which the senior tempter Screwtape lectures his fellow devils at the Tempters’ Training College. In a preface he wrote to the essay, Lewis reveals that the true target of his satire was none other than the American public school system. As a result, the toast offers us one of Lewis’s most direct statements on the dangers latent in democratic concepts of education.

David Kern Mar 25, 2015

Teaching is hard, in and of itself, but teaching a truly Great Book is another beast altogether. Issues of translation and interpretation; dis-interested students; and, of course, the various complexities of great literature can join forces to make for quite the classroom challenge (regardless of your teaching setting). 

Here at CiRCE HQ the consensus is that Beowulf is one of the hardest works of literature to teach. What about you? 

Which Great Book was most challenging to teach? 

CiRCE Staff Mar 24, 2015

And then there were eight. 

After two rounds of voting, together we have have eliminated twenty-four of Shakespeare's plays and we're down to only Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Henry V, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Vote now in the round 3 as we eliminate four more plays. Click here to see the updated bracket. 

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David Hicks Mar 24, 2015

“The good thing about science is it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”  With this statement, the man 60 Minutes describes as “Carl Sagan’s successor,” “the country’s most captivating scientific communicator,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, begins a lecture.  His audience greets these words with applause.

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Andrew Kern Mar 23, 2015

Of the three general forms of education, classical, traditional, and conventional, the greatest contrasts are between conventional and classical education. What I mean by conventional is simply the way things are done in schools, generally speaking, these days. It has philosophical roots, but people tend not to think about them. 

In this post, I am going simply to list a few areas that classical and conventional education have in common and then express some differences. In future posts, I will try to develop some of these thoughts further. We'll see what happens. 

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Joshua Gibbs Mar 22, 2015

Your numbers are dwindling. Your side is losing. Your way of life is passing from this Earth. In bygone eras, your people transmitted your ideals from one generation to the next with ease. Now, you plant a teaching in the heart of your children, and all the world conspires to strip it out before it can take root. The gravity of this world now inclines away from you. When you set the things you love on the ground, they roll away from you like marbles in an uneven house.

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Lindsey Brigham Mar 20, 2015

About a month ago, the clean, clear winter light of cold skies and January resolutions graciously withdrew, and in its place stole the soft, liquid gold that makes things grow. Green things now are pushing their way from ground and branch, the river’s blues overlay its grays, and bricks turn warm to the touch. In the afternoon, the light pulses through thick showers of leaves and pollen tossed from outstretched oaks; in the evening, it beams through their branches, turning the gray moss gold.

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David Kern Mar 18, 2015

Here in CiRCE HQ some of our favorite female literary characters include Elizabeth Bennett, Anne of Green Gables, Miss Marple, Penelope, and Hannah Coulter. 

What about you? For this week's question of week, we want to know who your favorite literary heroines are. Let us know in the comment belows or over on our Facebook page. 

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