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 Aug 28, 2013

"I don't know how all this talk about truth, goodness, and beauty are going to get a kid into college."

I heard somewhere that a board member of a Christian classical school uttered these words. I chooose to regard them as apocryphal and thus to set them up as a dummy to respond to. 

Here's my first response:

30% of adults in the US have a college education, while only 20% of our jobs require one. College is an increasingly good way to collect debt and prepare for unemployment. 

Andrew Kern Aug 24, 2013

A child at home with a busy mother learns to be the object of affection without being the object of attention. I don't know if there is a more important lesson for a child to learn and I don't know if there is any other context in which it can be learned. 

Andrew Kern Aug 20, 2013

It was twenty years ago this fall that I plunged whole-heartedly and somewhat heedlessly into Christian classical education when some comrades and I started Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI. Since then, I have been hearing repeatedly the very sensible call for a practical education. 

In theory, I have no objection to a practical education. In practice, however, the focus on the practical isn't as easy and the necessity for it isn't as obvious as many make it out to be. 

Andrew Kern Aug 7, 2013

Christians may find it comforting to look at the "world" around them and approach it with fear, believing that the troubles Christendom encounters come from that world. For example, the divorce rate among Christians is too high, and that is because we let "the world" influence us too much, or higher criticism has infected the theology of Christians, turning them "liberal," or society is ever-more relativistic and that has affected Christian moral thinking.

Andrew Kern Aug 7, 2013

I returned from the conference a couple weeks ago, mind flush like an overheated thermometer, yearning to record something here, to continue the discussion, only to turn to preparations for the apprenticeship, which overflowed the whole of last week. Previously, I had traveled "home" to Green Bay to say good-bye to my family home of some 32 years. 

After each event not a few reflections and reminiscences suggested themselves for duty on this blog. 

Andrew Kern Jul 26, 2013

At last week's conference, the single point I was hoping to grasp and communicate was this: Only the spiritual man is able to judge all things. Since the conference was on judgment, that struck me as a significant truth.

Most assessments in our world (of children's behavior, of employee performance, of student work, of intellectual growth, and of any other human activity) are rooted in a naturalistic materialism that excludes the soul and spirit from its paradigm - even before the analysis takes place. 

Andrew Kern Jul 11, 2013

I've encountered that moment in my conferencing preparations where I have to toss overboard most of my provisions so the fish can make use of them as they will. What better use for a blog, I thought to myself, before realizing how thoroughly I was insulting you. Sorry about that. 

But, incorrigible as I am, I offer you these extraneous and wasteful thoughts judged, by me, unworthy of or unhelpful for the great sea before us. 

Andrew Kern Jun 26, 2013

The highest high point of classical education was its beginning. There never has been and never will be a poet as perfect as Homer. All of the Greeks acknowledged that he was their teacher. All of them walked down trails he blazed. Nobody compares but Moses and Christ.

Andrew Kern May 27, 2013

Suffering is not as big a deal to God as it is to us because it is a much bigger deal to God than it is to us.

For us, suffering is a big, big deal.

For one thing, it comes to us a pointless and unplanned invasion, an obstacle to our questing. This is the very essence of a certain form of suffering that we have named frustration. 

Our goals, conscious and hidden, are what give meaning to our lives. When they are frustrated, we suffer. Anger, it seems to me, is frustration resisted. So the initial suffering leads to frustration which leads to anger.

Andrew Kern May 22, 2013

II Tim 4: 9, 10:

Make every effort to come to me soon: for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me.