Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the founder and president of The CiRCE Institute and the co-author of the book, Classical Education: the Movement Sweeping America

Andrew Kern May 21, 2020

Years back I was hanging out with a group of libertarians who wanted to create a movement. They wanted a constitutional amendment that prohibited the government from being involved in education.

In effect, they wanted to outlaw public education because they believed that it destroyed American freedoms.

I think today that it was a charming idea, one that gets a certain temperament aroused to action, which is better than people just complaining.

Andrew Kern May 5, 2020

Allow me to propose what might be the underlying moral dilemma in all our relationships, public and private:

When people gain power, they become able to do bad and inconvenient things. For example, the toddler is capable of wreaking a great deal more havoc on the house than the nursing infant.

Nonetheless, the essential duty we have to other people is to help them gain more power. Nowadays we call it empowerment. More enlightened ages called it cultivating virtue.

That is true love.

Andrew Kern Apr 27, 2020

World War II was progressing in earnest 80 years ago this week, so I have been tracking it with short readings and a video series on YouTube.

Last summer, Germany took over Czechoslovakia without much of a shot fired, and in September, allied with Russia, they took over Poland. Over the last month or so, the Russians conquered Finland while the Germans spent a morning taking Denmark as an afterthought while they invaded Norway.

Andrew Kern Apr 23, 2020

You know those moments where you come across a really simple idea and it explains so much that you see it everywhere, when things that used to make you wonder now make you go, "et tu, aliquid!" (which is a goofy way of saying, "even you, whatever!") so then you become annoying to everybody around you because you can easily identify how this thing sorts everything else by its relation to this one thing?

I had one of those and it's making me kind of annoying I(n a new, particular way that is).

Andrew Kern Apr 22, 2020

Some people spend too much time thinking about their goals, their dreams, their visions, etc.

Other people spend too much time thinking about their obstacles, their problems, their immediate activities.

I believe we should spend enough time thinking about our goals to figure out what they are, to say, "this is what we should do today" or "this is what we should do this week" or "this is what we should do this quarter". And then we should spend most of our time thinking about how best to act and acting. 

Andrew Kern Apr 10, 2020

Language use is in decline, has been for over a century, and is not going to turn around in the next century. So what to do about it when the kid in front of you (and you too!) is (are?) part of that decline?

Be patiently diligent to awaken him or her to the nature, purpose, power, and beauty of language. 

Andrew Kern Apr 9, 2020

I can't resist posting something I recently found in a stock promotion. Having touted the urgent need to buy this particular stock, like right now, like super fast, because, dude, time is of the essence, like, it then included this:

But you need to act fast.


Starting June 25, this stock is set to take off like a rocket.


Starting September 8, this stock is set to take off like a rocket.

Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2020

It's common in strategy discussions to do a SWOT analysis. I figure it gives us the feeling that we have covered all our bases so we feel like we have more control over events and circumstances. 

And indeed a leader needs to be in control of whatever he can justly be in control of. After all, he's going to be held accountable (either by his superiors or by reality or by those who report to him) for how he responds to what happens. 

SWOT stands for 

Andrew Kern Apr 7, 2020

I said yesterday that today I would address the matter of discordance. And now I have. But like anybody anywhere, I can't always do what I intend on a given day.

I used to think that leaders had more control of their time than non-leaders. 

What an uninformed thought. 

I want everybody to attend every meeting they need to attend. Then I attended a meeting that lasted through another one and well beyond it. 

Andrew Kern Apr 6, 2020

This morning an article was posted on the website, Axios, pointing out that CEO's from across the nation are meeting with the White House and "in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if American doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May."

One line in particular drove home the dilemma of the article to me: 

"Several are debating going public with this concern, but fear the optics and timing look discordant."