Dr. Matthew Bianco

Dr. Matthew Bianco is a homeschooling father of three. All three of his children have graduated from their family's home school. His two oldest, both boys, have graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis and from Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, respectively. His youngest (and only daughter) attends the Honors College at Belmont Abbey College. He is married to his altogether lovely, high school sweetheart, Patricia. He is the Chief Operations Officer for The CiRCE Institute and also a Head Mentor in their Master Teacher Apprenticeship program. Dr. Matt Bianco has a PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University's Great Books Honors College. He is the author of Letters to My Sons: A Humane Vision for Human Relationships.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Feb 17, 2022

This post is a follow-up to the previous post: The Creation of Snowflakes, Part 1.

If excessive and too rapid change leads to an unlinking of generations and the severing of community and cultural institution continuity, how can that link be re-established? How can we rebuild what was destroyed by that change? What things ought we avoid in the attempt?

Dr. Matthew Bianco Feb 4, 2022

The 21st Century and 16th Century are more alike than one might think: both are times of unprecedented change. Change is a good thing, but too much of a good thing can be problematic. It can have a whirlwind of unintended consequences that do more harm than good. And that harm isn't always attributable to the change that brought it about. Looking back on change, especially from a conservationists perspective, can lead one to the sometimes dangerous habit of monocausal thinking, wherein one tries to identify that sole thing that led to the downfall of the current society.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Jan 25, 2022

A liberal education, sometimes equated with a classical education, is an education for all. It is, to borrow David Hick's phrase in Norms and Nobility, an education that can "ennoble the masses." While long being accused (and in some instances rightly so) of being elitist, it is not an education that is for the elite, further dividing them from the proletariat; it is, rather, an education that creates the elite. This line of argumentation is problematic from the beginning because of the baggage that the term elite carries with it.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Dec 1, 2021

In a blog post about sports, let me first begin by quoting C.S. Lewis on textbooks.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Nov 9, 2021

The tyrannizing image—what is it? To put it simply, the tyrannizing image is that image that points us toward what we ought to be. It may be found in another person, a character in a story, the subject of a painting, etc. It is an image that reminds us of our true nature, our true purpose, our true humanity. Christ is, of course, the ultimate Image, but we find other examples that make up the tyrannizing image in characters like Achilles, Odysseus, Aeneas, Dante, King Arthur, and even real-life heroes, like Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, our favorite athletes or presidents.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Dec 28, 2020

St. Athanasius: From where have you come, Matthew?

Matthew: I was at home, reading Plato’s Republic. It’s one of my favorite books, and I am hoping to teach it again soon. 

St. Athanasius: Plato’s Republic? That is a good one. What do you like about it?

Matthew: I think Socrates really wrestles through some important questions and has some very revealing insights about human nature.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Sep 8, 2020

"By gazing on and contemplating things in a regular arrangement and always in the same condition, that neither do nor suffer injustice among themselves, all disposed in order in accord with reason, they imitate these things and take on their likeness as much as possible. Or do you imagine there’s another way for anyone not to imitate whatever he dwells with and admires” (Republic, Book VI, 500c)?

We become what we behold, it is said. Which is, of course, a wittier and and more quotable way of saying what Socrates said above.

Dr. Matthew Bianco Jun 27, 2020

"The Fighting Bulls and the Frog" by Aesop

Two Bulls were fighting furiously in a field, at one side of which was a marsh. An old Frog living in the marsh, trembled as he watched the fierce battle.

“What are you afraid of?” asked a young Frog.

“Do you not see,” replied the old Frog, “that the Bull who is beaten, will be driven away from the good forage up there to the reeds of this marsh, and we shall all be trampled into the mud?”

Dr. Matthew Bianco Jun 9, 2020

"The Kid and the Wolf" by Aesop

A frisky young Kid had been left by the herdsman on the thatched roof of a sheep shelter to keep him out of harm’s way. The Kid was browsing near the edge of the roof, when he spied a Wolf and began to jeer at him, making faces and abusing him to his heart’s content.

“I hear you,” said the Wolf, “and I haven’t the least grudge against you for what you say or do. When you are up there it is the roof that’s talking, not you.”

Dr. Matthew Bianco Apr 23, 2020

I want a classical education, desperately. Together, my wife and I have given one to our three children, all of whom have continued in it to one degree or another. They all have seemed to thrive in it, too. I did not get a classical education. I have, to some extent, recovered one over the years, although sometimes it feels more like I've gotten an education that is about classical education rather than one that is itself classical.