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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 Jun 4, 2014

There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest joy of teaching comes from seeing something you can't control happen: a soul transformed or nourished in a way that leads to visible growth in thoughts and deeds. I can't imagine what would tempt a person to teach if he didn't expect to see this happen. 

That is why the CiRCE apprenticeship is one of my favorite activities. After three years of immersion in classical mentoring, all or at least most of the teachers will testify that it did them good. Some will tell you they were transformed. 

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Andrew Kern May 16, 2014

A while back I didn't have anything to do so I played cards with some politicians and won the state of North Carolina. Not knowing what to do with all my new-found riches, I tossed my bread upon the waters and found that a new horse came back to me. That is to say, I bought a horse with the intention of running it in the Kentucky Derby. 

It was a perfect horse, sired by a perfect sire, haunches and paunches perfectly proportioned, teeth perfectly aligned, eyes perfectly fixed on the next race, legs perfectly designed for speed and fury. So we named it Secretariaticus. 

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Andrew Kern May 16, 2014

I came across these notes this morning. They were noted in June of 2004, which I find interesting. 

If Christian morality has any validity -  if it aligns with or expresses a natural law - it is very challenging to imagine a way the quasi-civilization we've manufactured can continue much longer. 

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Andrew Kern May 8, 2014

The Logos enables us to move across what we have come to call "subjects", arts, disciplines, and sciences without losing our bearings. In other words, it, and it alone, allows for an actually integrated curriculum. 

Every art, science, or artifact has its own logos that makes it what it is. This is, perhaps, easier to see in the sciences, since some of them actually end with a variation on logos, such as biology, cosmology, etc. 

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Andrew Kern May 5, 2014

When the course of my life is run and I am tied to a stake or lying beneath my final shroud, it will be among my sweetest consolations to be able to say that I knew the man who wrote these words:

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Andrew Kern May 2, 2014

It seems to me that the key to understanding reality and our relation to it is contained in the wonderful story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. 

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Andrew Kern Apr 30, 2014

The trouble with legalism is that it is fear based and fails to realize that all things are ours in Christ. Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man. 

The trouble with anti-nomialism (prodigality) is that it fails to see that the law of God is the way of life. 

I am always inclined toward both because I am always forgetting that I am the Temple of the Living God. 

A. W. Tozer once wrote:

Deep inside every man there is a private inner sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence of his being....

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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2014

The global village has brought Mexicans, Chinese, Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans together in a way we haven't seen since the fall of the Roman Empire. Some folks think rather glibly about the promises and perils of this development. A few classes here and there, a multi-cultural emphasis in the classroom and everything will be fine.

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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2014

We do well, it seems to me, to distinguish Greek education from Roman. The Roman's were masters at making things last (like, for example, their empire). They weren't necessarily very good at making things good. The Greeks were not so good at making things last, though this problem can be exagerrated since the pragmatic Roman republic put an end to their independence after about 500 years, depending on how you look at it.

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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2014


Start by asking them if they know of any situations where they have been or have seen people afraid to act because they don’t know who is on their side and who is against them. Obviuosly you’ll want to simplify and you may want to begin with stories they’ve read (say, David in the Bible). 

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