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Brian Phillips

Dr. Brian Phillips is the Director of CiRCE Consulting & the Headmaster of the CiRCE Academy.  He also serves as a pastor in Concord, NC, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

Brian Phillips Dec 23, 2014

Here are a few of the noteworthy classical education stories circling the web this week:

Liberal Arts Take Wrong Direction

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Brian Phillips Dec 18, 2014

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the greatest writer of the Victorian era and one of history’s most influential English authors.  Prolific in his output, Dickens penned such enduring works as Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit, Hard Times, Bleak House, The Pickwick Papers, and more.

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Brian Phillips Dec 4, 2014

I recently posted a list of "11 Novels Every Christian Should Read", taking a page from two of my favorite sites - George Grant's Eleventary (hence, 11 novels) and FilmFisher (which inspired the undefended nature of my list).  Now, understanding that we will all run out of time before we will run out of books to read, allow me to add more book suggestions.

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Brian Phillips Dec 3, 2014

Here are a few of the noteworthy classical education stories circling the web this week:

If It’s 8:47, We Must Be Learning about Atoms

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Brian Phillips Nov 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day joins together friends and family to feast, laugh, and reflect upon the innumerable blessings of God upon each of us; some of the most important ones gathered around the table.  And, while Thanksgiving has sadly morphed into “Turkey Day” for many – a day to eat too much, watch football games they don’t care much about, and plan Black Friday shopping – the act of giving thanks is important.

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Brian Phillips Nov 26, 2014

Here are a few of the noteworthy classical education stories circling the web this week:

The Effect of the Liberal Arts in Hong Kong

Dr. Gene Veith of Patrick Henry College gives us a glimpse into the power of a liberal arts curriculum.  “Today, the still-Communist Chinese are blaming the liberal arts curriculum in the schools of Hong Kong for the pro-freedom movement currently roiling that city, with the protests generally led by liberal arts students.”

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Brian Phillips Nov 25, 2014

Frank Boyden served as headmaster of Deerfield Academy for sixty-six years.  Arriving at the school in 1902, Boyden began his labors with fourteen students and a group of trustees that were less than inspired.  Shortly after arriving in town to begin his work, Boyden met one particular trustee who offered this encouraging assessment: “It’s a tossup whether the academy needs a new headmaster or an undertaker.”

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Brian Phillips Nov 20, 2014

Here are a few of the noteworthy classical education stories circling the web this week:

Out of the Classroom: Parents Explore Home-schooling

This USA Today article highlights the tremendous growth of homeschooling in the United States by telling the stories of several diverse homeschool families. 

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Brian Phillips Nov 19, 2014

Film Fisher, my favorite site for movie reviews, runs a regular segment called “Undefended” in which they list the “best” of a category without defense or explanation. Simple and direct, it serves as a great debate-starter. Another site I frequent is hosted by Dr. George Grant –Eleventary. On it, he lists, not ten or twelve, but eleven of something – Chesterton quotes, must-eat-at restaurants in London, favorite books by dead authors, whatever.

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Brian Phillips Oct 9, 2014

What should you do when you find a book hard to finish?  Novelist Nick Hornby argues that you should just put it down.  According to a recent Telegraph article, Hornby said that no one, including children, should read a book they do not want to read.  

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