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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 Apr 1, 2017

For some years now I have been preoccupied with the temple and its many iterations and echoes throughout the Bible.

This preoccupation has only grown through the realization of what most people who read the Bible have known since early childhood: 

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Andrew Kern Jan 5, 2017

Freedom is a great practical thing, not an ideological idea.

When people rule you on the basis of their own authority, you are not a free person. This is just as true in the classroom, the office, or the shop as it is in Washington, DC or London.  

But how can that be prevented?

True freedom has everything to do with how behavior, work, and thought are measured. Where do the criteria arise? This is not as obscure a thought as it might seem. Whoever assesses you is your boss. So where do the standards of assessment come from? 

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Andrew Kern Dec 19, 2016

The fundamental task of a teacher, beyond all others (at the practical level), is to take something complicated and make it simple enough for students to apprehend at the level of his capacity.

But Darla Sowders is right, it doesn't come naturally. It requires genuine knowledge of the discipline being taught, love of the student, and an understanding of how people learn. Plus, a specific understanding of the student's readiness for a given lesson. 

None of these things are developed by a subject and/or text book approach to learning.

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Andrew Kern Dec 14, 2016

Among the most profound mistakes of our era, I am convinced we would have to list the shift from the liberal arts to subjects in our schools. 

If you teach subjects, one of the many unfortunate things that happens is that students quickly catch on that there is content (i.e. information to be remembered) in this subject. If they like it, they will pay attention, if not, you need something else to get them to do so. 

Tests will do, thank you very much. But that's only one of the myriad ways teachers are taught to manipulate the students affections and minds. 

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Andrew Kern Aug 11, 2016

If you want to learn a foreign language, the first thing you should do is start when you are under four years old, when everything is new and you just take it for granted that this is so. 

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Andrew Kern Jul 13, 2016

I answered a question very badly today so I'm going to try to answer it better here. I was asked, given the nefarious effect of moralizing, how is teaching mimetically different from that. 

Briefly, here's mimetic teaching:

Christ is the form of truth because He is Truth. Among other things, that means that He is the Incarnate Word, or the embodied Logos. This is, as I said, the form of truth. 

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Andrew Kern May 31, 2016

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Andrew Kern May 4, 2016

Historically, education has been the means to cultivate the human-ness of the student. People believed that there were distinctly human abilities and potentials that were good because they were human, and it was the duty of a community to see to it that those talents and abilities were developed. 

Those abilities include music, the fine arts, logical reasoning, rhetoric, mathematical skills, language skills, the sciences, etc.

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Andrew Kern Nov 30, 2015

Christian education must be oriented to the Truth, as I argued in my previous post. Christ is the self-proclaimed Way, Truth, and Life. He is the Logos of John 1, the Wisdom of God, the Radiance of the Father's Glory, and the Only-Begotten Son of God. 

And, Wonder of wonders, He is the Incarnate Word. 

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Andrew Kern Nov 24, 2015

Our Lord, Jesus Christ is not a specialist. He did not come to earth to do one project or to solve one problem and then go back to heaven. 

Christ is, as the Apostles John, Paul, and Peter all repeatedly assert and assume, the One in whom all things are held together. He is the Logos. 

It is not possible to express in a blog, a book, or an article all that St. John expresses in that word Logos, with which he opens his gospel and by which he identifies his beloved teacher. Perhaps words from St. Paul's epistles might help:

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