The 2013 conference is fast approaching which means that available seats are growing scarcer by the day. If you're planning to attend but haven't registered yet I highly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. As long time attendees know, we limit the number of available seats to 225 and we can make no guarantees that seating will be available even as early as May 1st. Last year we were full at a record date and we're close to that pace again this year.
GUEST POST BY MICHAEL HICKS
A word of introduction:
Stratford Caldecott has a brand new book out (from Angelico Press) and we're giving away a copy on Wednesday. All you need to do to have a chance to win is to "like" our Facebook page and then share this blog post or the post announcing the giveaway that we posted last week. Help us spread the word about this great book!
David recently asked us how we use technology in the classroom. I would have answered but the question stressed me out. I am not far from being a philosophical Luddite and yet I use technology quite a bit in my home.
I saw this thought provoking quote today on Facebook (hat tip to Jeffrey Overstreet, by the way):
The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I would reply: Create silence! The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. And even if it were blazoned forth with all the panoply of noise so that it could be heard in the midst of all the other noise, then it would no longer be the Word of God. Therefore create Silence.
Teacher: “How did you like the Scarlet Letter?”
Student: “I hated the way it ended.”
Teacher: “What do you mean?”
Student: “It was too sad.”
Teacher: “Are you saying you wished that Hester and Arthur Dimmesdale were able to stay together?”
Student: “Well . . . yes.”
Teacher: “So, you didn’t want there to be consequences for sin?”
Student: “Well . . . no.”
Teacher: “Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought that matched your worldview. See you tomorrow.”
In time, the belief that nothing--not even man himself--is real outside the mind came to dominate western culture. No longer grounded in an understanding of man as a being of inherent worth, higher education ceased to be about the pursuit of wisdom and became merely a means to man's comfortable self-preservation."
Marion Montgomery: The Truth of Things
We have a complicated relationship with technology. As I type this I'm surrounded by three computers, an iPad (mini), an iPhone, two printers, a CD/DVD duplicator, a broken fax machine, multiple external hard drives, and a couple of wireless gadgets. As a small business that operates largely through the internet we rely heavily on these technological tools and will, of course, continue to do so increasingly as we move forward. And, full disclosure, we like our gadgets as much as the next person. I mean, just look at all those apps!
Recently, my twelfth grade students have been reading, discussing, and writing about Steinbeck’s classic novella, Of Mice and Men, a dramatic little tale about friendship and the American dream and what it means to keep a promise. We’ve been focusing on what I believe to be the central question of the book – the question upon which all else turns.
[INSERT SPOLIER ALERT: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK, STOP READING THIS, FIND A COPY, AND READ IT. IT’S NOT LONG, IT’S AN EASY READ, AND IT’S WORTHY OF SOME CONTEMPLATION]