Sara Osborne Nov 15, 2021

Into the Wild

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Joshua Gibbs Nov 13, 2021

Suppose you wanted to become a professional chef and so you began investigating culinary schools you might attend. You find that culinary schools are like every other sort of school, which is to say they have marketing teams, logos, taglines, advertising campaigns, and so forth. The tagline of one school is, “Good taste can be learned.” Another is, “Food is culture,” and a third claims, “From our kitchens to the finest restaurants in the world.” Because none of these taglines is particularly striking, none really registers in your memory.

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Matthew Huff Nov 11, 2021

Today we’re reading Shakespeare aloud in class,

and I can almost hear the anti-Elizabethan English deflector shields 

rising in the hearts and minds of my beloved students,

 

the silver steel of disregard, the hearty clang of disdain,

mental gaggings, churnings of the gut,

eyes rolling so hard they almost slip from their sockets.

 

But it isn’t long before what once was a 

groaning, grimacing ripple of teenage nausea 

swells to a giddy symphony of students

 

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Dr. Matthew Bianco Nov 9, 2021

The tyrannizing image—what is it? To put it simply, the tyrannizing image is that image that points us toward what we ought to be. It may be found in another person, a character in a story, the subject of a painting, etc. It is an image that reminds us of our true nature, our true purpose, our true humanity. Christ is, of course, the ultimate Image, but we find other examples that make up the tyrannizing image in characters like Achilles, Odysseus, Aeneas, Dante, King Arthur, and even real-life heroes, like Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, our favorite athletes or presidents.

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Mandi Gerth Nov 8, 2021

As a classical teacher, I read everything for its applicability to the classroom. In a recent graduate studies course with Dr. Hooten-Wilson, I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time in twenty years. What leapt off the page at me this time was Gandalf, the master teacher. 

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Travis Copeland Nov 5, 2021

A robust classical education demands the formation of courage. As such, we ought to attend more fully and intently to the development of courage in the classroom. Without courage, classical education is a shadow of its former self, desiring virtue but remaining unable to attain it. Of course, classical education aims for Good, but it also acknowledges that students will regularly experience the ugly reality of everyday life. They will come face-to-face with the monsters of a post-Eden world. Courage, therefore, is not only necessary or helpful but urgent.

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Joshua Gibbs Nov 5, 2021

Sorting out the wretched confusion which now surrounds questions about sex and gender requires both intellectual work and theological work. However, it also requires physical work, and I can think of none better than teaching students to dance. When I refer to “dance,” I am referring to something quite old-fashioned: square dancing, English country dances, waltzes, reels, and so forth.

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Joshua Farris Nov 2, 2021

“The basic purpose of a liberal arts education is to liberate the human being to exercise his or her potential to the fullest.” – Barbara M. White 

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Katerina Kern Nov 1, 2021

Much of “education” has become the lengthy, dull shadow of the factory system. We want predictable, consistent results so we demand expensive, complex methods. 

 But I must ask: how can the logos be confined to method? Ought we to try? 

 Consider the following quotes from those who wondered the same:

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Jessie Smith Oct 28, 2021

Recently my husband and I purchased 35 acres of land. Most of the land is wooded, but around the woods paths cut into the landscape. I adore walking down these trails. Every time I visit I look to see what new wonders can be found. Are there fresh animal tracks today? Can I detect remnants of our neighbor, Mr. Bunny? I look for freshly ripened dewberries and observe the wildflowers cloaking the trails. Most of all, I bask in the growth of the plants: ostrich ferns, hydrangea bushes, fig-trees, and pear trees, to name a few.

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