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 14, 2013

Owen Strachan recently made some interesting observations about the relationship between classical education and freedom.  And, while the original post seems to be experiencing some technical difficulties, Dr. Gene Edward Veith has reposted it for us on his own blog, Cranach.  Thanks to you both, gentlemen!

By Owen Strachan, originally in The American Spectator:

Brian Phillips Oct 17, 2013


Christian Classical education is “logo-centric” (among other things) – driven by language, in love with words, books, literature, truth; both logos and the Logos. Living in a time of confused and devalued language, then, proves difficult for many of us. To use one example, the title of “classic” can now apply to any book people are still talking about after a month or so. And to make sure the label of “classic” sticks a smattering of specific categories has been created: “modern classic”, “cult classic”, “destined to be a classic”, and so on. 

Brian Phillips Oct 16, 2013

Three sounds – a loud shriek, splashing, and the slamming of the toilet lid – brought me quickly from the kitchen to the hall bathroom.  Greeted by a smiling, soaking wet toddler walking rapidly from the room, I knew I was in for something special.  I was not to be disappointed.  Toilet paper had been spun directly from the holder into the toilet and water covered the floor.

Brian Phillips Oct 9, 2013

Liana Heitlin of Education Week recently reported, “Nearly every teacher in the U.S. now knows about the Common Core State Standards, and 73 percent of math, English, science, and social studies teachers in states that have adopted them say they are enthusiastic about their implementation, according to a new survey.”  

Here is the accompanying graphic:

Brian Phillips Oct 5, 2013

In the first edition of our new "Quotables" series I shared five of my favorite "Chestertonisms", challenging our readers to name anyone who could be considered a more "quotable" writer than G.K. Chesterton.  That challenge was accepted and the great Samuel Johnson was named.  

Brian Phillips Sep 26, 2013

G.K. Chesterton, the great writer, Christian apologist, lay theologian, literary and cultural critic, poet, and more, might be the most "quotable" writer in history. While it is difficult to narrow down a few favorites, I will begin by offering five (a very few) of my favorites:

Brian Phillips Sep 20, 2013

“Bedtime in Summer” by Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

“At the Sea-side” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Brian Phillips Aug 22, 2013

"Manifesto: Mad Farmer Liberation Front"
 Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay.  
Want more of everything ready-made.
Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head. 

Not even your future will be a mystery anymore.
Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something they will call you.
When they want you to die for profit they will let you know. 

Brian Phillips Aug 22, 2013

The following post is the next installment of our "starting the school year well" series. Listen to our podcast here, and read about going beyond the best of intentions here

Brian Phillips Aug 12, 2013

Note: This article was originally posted in December of 2011.  Matt Bianco's review of "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming" inspired this repost.  Thank you, Matt.