David Kern Feb 26, 2013

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]

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Andrew Kern Feb 25, 2013

 

Probably the biggest obstacle to the growth of classical education is the panic that arises when we lack confidence in its power. Sadly, this panic often comes from the parents through the leadership into the school.

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Cindy Rollins Feb 15, 2013

I  named my blog Ordo Amoris. My husband tells me it is a bit ridiculous and sometimes when I find myself repeating the title to a stranger I see what he means. But I love the name anyway. Those two little words represent everything I believe about education and even when I am talking to a stranger it doesn’t take me too long to explain.

Ordo sounds like ‘order’ and Amoris comes from the Latin word for love therefore Ordo Amoris is the ordering of the loves or affections. But you already knew that.

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Brian Phillips Feb 8, 2013

 

There are, we generally believe, “math people” and “non-math people” – or to put a finer point on it, there are math people and there are “humanities people”.  The math people enjoy equations, technology, pocket protectors, and comic book conventions. The humanities people attend Renaissance festivals, enjoy Shakespearean insults, despise popular books, and often lurk in coffeehouses. At least, those are a few of the stereotypes.

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Andrew Kern Feb 6, 2013

The only thing that can tempt us from God is a gift He has given us. Eve was tempted by a good fruit that God had made and took the fruit over the eternal giver of gifts. After that it became difficult to distinguish the gift from the temptation because our eyes were blinded.

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Cathy Rape Feb 5, 2013

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Feb 4, 2013

 THIS IS A GUEST POST BY BRIAN SIMPERS

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Andrew Kern Feb 1, 2013

The problem, you see, is that we do it in school. That warps our thinking. Socrates used to do it in the Agora, the market place, or, perhaps better, the public gathering place. Granted the Greeks had gymnasia, but that was only a portion. The ancient Hebrews did it on the way, in the temple, in their homes. The Romans might have had something approximating a school, but it would have been small.

With the rise of the 20th century factory school, our norms and expectations were severed from reality.

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Andrew Kern Jan 31, 2013

Confession time: when I return from trips I am tired and grumpy and don't feel like doing anything.

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David Kern Jan 29, 2013

As Christian classical educators we are all very passionate about what we do.

We believe in it – in the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of it all - and we want people to see what we see, to believe in it as we do.

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