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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 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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Brian Phillips Sep 11, 2014

The Cardinal Newman Society recently reported an encouraging trend among Catholic schools:

“Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups. Efforts to revitalize classical Catholic education have garnered interest from parents, teachers, and many others who want to copy the model, according to the National Catholic Register.” 

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Brian Phillips Sep 9, 2014

Author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child, Cheryl Swope is an advocate of classical Christian education for special-needs and struggling students. The love of history, music, literature, and Latin instilled in her own children has created in Cheryl the desire to share the message that classical education offers benefits to any child.

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Brian Phillips Aug 11, 2014

Exhausted. There really was no other word for how I felt, and it was only November. Somehow, the dreary February feeling that every teacher dreads had arrived several months early. With twenty-five weekly class periods of teaching and my duties as head of the rhetoric school, bookended by “morning duty” and afternoon meetings, I was exhausted. Like Bilbo, I felt like butter spread over too much bread. 

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Brian Phillips Jul 30, 2014

Eugene Peterson, long-time evangelical pastor, author, and professor, recently released his memoir The Pastor.  Early in the work, he describes his childhood in Montana, with stories of bullies, eccentric relatives, and working in his father's butcher shop.  Among his formative memories, Peterson includes his fondness for The Carnegie, the town library.  

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Brian Phillips Jul 3, 2014

I see now why there are no adequate translations of Homer.  He is baffling.  Not simple, in education; not primitive, socially ... There's a queer naivety in every other line: and at our remove of thought and language we can't say if he's smiling or not ... I have tried to squeeze out all the juice in the orange; or what I thought was the juice.  I tried to take liberties with the Greek: but failed.  Homer compels respect.

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