Zach Sherman Mar 7, 2022

After a healthy summer break, a teacher who in May contemplated quitting teaching forever, can walk back into the classroom on the first day of Back to School Week with a genuine smile. A feeling of rest permeates the first day of teacher training, which is often filled with enthusiasm and excited chatter. People are relaxed and focused. 

Joshua Gibbs Mar 6, 2022

In a Target parking lot…

Gibbs: Excuse me, sir. I know you have shopping to do, but I was wondering if we could speak for a moment.

Driver: About what?

Gibbs: About your bumper sticker.

Driver: Which one?

Gibbs: The one that says in very large letters, “My children receive a classical Christian education.”

Driver: What about it?

Gibbs: I should tell you now that I followed you a little ways because I wanted to ask you about it.

Driver: Yes?

Joshua Gibbs Mar 4, 2022

Parent: Do you know anything about movies?

Gibbs: Not much. How come?

Parent: Well, my son wants to see this new Batman movie and I don’t know how I feel about it.

Gibbs. How old is your son?

Parent: He’s fourteen. The movie is PG-13, and I often let him see films with that rating, but I’ve seen the trailer for this film, and it looks quite dark.

Gibbs: Agreed. It does look quite dark. What’s the debate in your mind?

Katerina Kern Feb 28, 2022

The following dialogue is an imagined conversation with my father and does not represent my actual father's views. 

Daughter: I’ve been contemplating something for a while now and am not sure what I think I should do. I’d appreciate your advice if you have any. 

Dad: If I have any to give, it’s yours. What are you thinking about? 

Daughter: Whether I should return to keeping a diary. I’ve kept one consistently for most of my life but have allowed it to fade out in recent years. 

Dad: Why is this a question? Why wouldn’t you do it? 

Hannah Carmichael Feb 23, 2022

Do classical students need to be obsessed with architecture, poetry, paintings, and baroque composers to be truly classical learners? Doesn’t Proverbs 31:30 say that beauty is vain? 

Joshua Gibbs Feb 18, 2022

The following dialogue is adapted from a conversation I recently had with my daughter.

Camilla: My new diary arrived in the mail today.

Gibbs: Before you start this diary, I’m going to lay down a few rules for how it can be kept.

Camilla: What are the rules?

Gibbs: First, your diary will not be a secret diary. I might pick it up and read it whenever I choose. Second, the diary cannot take away from the other writing you do, especially letter writing.

Camilla: Why can’t it be a secret diary?

Dr. Matthew Bianco Feb 17, 2022

This post is a follow-up to the previous post: The Creation of Snowflakes, Part 1.

If excessive and too rapid change leads to an unlinking of generations and the severing of community and cultural institution continuity, how can that link be re-established? How can we rebuild what was destroyed by that change? What things ought we avoid in the attempt?

Joshua Gibbs Feb 15, 2022

It’s hiring season, which means that over the next four weeks, scores of teachers are going to fill out applications, travel to new schools, teach sample lessons, and answer questions about who they are and what they believe. Teaching candidates at classical Christian schools have a tendency to play it safe, which means offering sample lessons that would pass at any Christian school, classical or otherwise.

Ian Atherton Feb 14, 2022

“A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” 

Samuel Johnson quipped this line into immortality when he spoke it to his biographer, Boswell. The internet, which prefers to think more about "being a writer" than "learning to write," positively crawls with that quotation and a slew of other like-minded soundbites, even while ignoring Johnson’s wiser qualifications to it. 

Andrew Kern Feb 7, 2022

The Aeneid is permeated by images of raging fire, fury, storms, and chaos. The whole epic poem foregrounds this anti-element as the unavoidable cost of Roman authority and mission. Indeed, the Roman mission is essentially to overcome chaos, especially in society.

Thus Virgil has the shadow of Aeneas' father say to him (or rather, to their descendants), in the underworld:

But Romans, don't forget that world dominion
Is your great craft: peace, and then peaceful customs;
Sparing the conquered, striking down the haughty.