Angelina Stanford

Angelina Stanford has an MA in English literature from the University of Louisiana, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, and has taught in various Christian classical classrooms for over 20 years.  She is currently teaching the Great Books online to high school students at the Harvey Center for Family Learning and recently joined the online faculty of the Circe Academy.  She’s also the co-star of the popular Circe podcast “Close Reads.”  She has a particular interest in myths, fairy tales, and understanding literature through the study of mythological archetypes and biblical typologies—as well as a mild obsession with the influence of Celtic fairy stories and Celtic Christianity on the development of British literature.  She also has a more than mild obsession with Wendell Berry.​​

Angelina Stanford May 9, 2012
“Aren’t you worried you are going to screw up?” That question, or one like it, is often asked of homeschoolers. Some parents find the responsibility of educating their own children so great and so intimidating that they can’t even contemplate it. My answer to the question is "Yep! You bet I’m worried that I am going to blow it!"
Angelina Stanford Apr 27, 2012
Stan Carey of the Macmillan Dictionary recently wrote a short blog about language inflation, which ultimately creates devaluation in meaning. Today, popular expressions like epic and brilliant are used to express a more modest meaning than their traditional uses. Brilliant actually means clever, and epic actually means surprising. Carey explains, “Such is our need to imbue our words with force and significance, that we use hyperbole to entice people to pay attention – and the hyperbolic terms gradually normalise.”
Angelina Stanford Apr 18, 2012
Lists of rules for introverts have been floating around the Internet in recent weeks. These lists include such admonitions as 1) let them observe before speaking, 2) let them think and don’t demand instant answers, 3) respect their need for privacy, 4) don’t interrupt them, and 5) respect their introversion and don’t try to remake them into extroverts. Reading these lists has got me thinking about introverts in the classroom. I don’t claim to know how to nurture introverts; I’m hoping this blog post can generate some discussion in the comments section as we think through this together.
Angelina Stanford Mar 30, 2012
This week The Sun reported that schools across the United Kingdom are instituting bans on best friends.  If a teacher notices that two children are developing more intimate friendships, they direct the children to play in a large group instead.
Angelina Stanford Mar 21, 2012
The sin of laziness plagues our students, especially boys.  Over the years I’ve had many opportunities to observe this particular sin up close. When I talk to parents about this struggle in their child, the conversation generally plays out like this:  I tell them that Johnny is very lazy and not putting forth much effort in his school work.
Angelina Stanford Mar 15, 2012
Women of my generation grew up under the shadow of radical feminism. Gender is a social construct, high-profile feminists taught us. "Biology is not destiny!", was the banner under which we were told to march. In other words, differences between men and women are entirely made up. We don’t have to bow to the oppressive expectations of a patriarchal society. We can redefine ourselves. We can recreate reality.
Angelina Stanford Mar 1, 2012
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Angelina Stanford Feb 16, 2012
In the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” Aesop teaches us that steady, persistent hard work is better than natural talent, overconfidence, and a poor work ethic. That part is true. But the “slow and steady” moral of the fable has its limits. Parents and teachers looking for slow, steady incremental improvement in their students will be frustrated and discouraged. Children—and adults for that matter—don’t learn “slow and steady.”
Angelina Stanford Feb 9, 2012
There are a few popular Christian books published in recent years which encourage women to think of themselves as helpmeets and to find joy in domesticity. I applaud the efforts of these books even while I think they are fundamentally flawed because they fail to recognize that the Industrial Revolution has altered the domestic landscape almost beyond recognition. (See my article “What is Woman?
Angelina Stanford Feb 2, 2012
There is an interesting conversation going on right now about college education. Skyrocketing tuition costs and a serious economic depression have combined to create a large group of highly educated but unemployed people saddled with serious college debt. As a result, many people are beginning to question what just a decade ago was a self-evident fact: that everyone needs a college education.