David Kern Oct 15, 2013

Genesis chapter one is all about purpose.

Verses 6-7:

“And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that above the expanse. And it was so.”

So God says the expanse – the sky – is necessary to separate the waters. That’s its purpose, its job, and it’s a job fundamental to its essence.

What about the trees and the plants? They have a unique and essential purpose too:

David M. Wright Oct 11, 2013

Quae Nocent Docent

[in Christ’s Hospital book]

O! mihi praeteritos referat si Jupiter annos! (1789)

Oh! might my ill-past hours return again!
No more, as then, should Sloth around me throw
    Her soul-enslaving, leaden chain!
No more the precious time would I employ
In giddy revels, or in thoughtless joy,
A present joy producing future woe.

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:

Joshua Leland Oct 9, 2013

A few days ago, after I got home from work, I took my 3-year old (Ransom) and 2-year old (Calvin) outside to the old, wooden swing-set in our backyard, which is, without a doubt, one of their favorite activities. It is also one of the few things they do in near-silence, so it is one of my favorite activities now, too. 

David Kern Oct 8, 2013

In their book, Bless This House: Prayers For Families And Children (which you can find here), Gregory and Suzanne Wolfe write about how “mornings seem to be the special province of young children”, about how it’s hard for parents to keep up with the incredible energies of a child freshly awake. Bethany and I know this first hand. Coulter has more energy than any creature I’ve ever seen from the moment he wakes up to moment he finally falls asleep, his stuffed animals gathered around him like a pack of friends.

Andrew Kern Oct 8, 2013

If knowledge sets you free, then the teacher is a servant. If knowledge is power, then the teacher is master. 

Andrew Kern Oct 7, 2013

When a pompous lord slips on a banana peel it is comedy. When he looks you in the eye and says, "Dammit, help me up," the spell is broken. Mercy departs. Comedy scoffs and leaves. 

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.  

Angelina Stanford Oct 4, 2013

On a whim I picked up a couple of books on Katherine of Aragon at a recent library sale. I found myself quickly fascinated with this woman who is so often overshadowed by her replacement, Anne Boleyn. In particular I was intrigued by the rigorous classical education she received.

Christine Perrin Oct 3, 2013

We Grow Accustomed to the Dark
Emily Dickinson

We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye –

A Moment — We uncertain step
For newness of the night –
Then — fit our Vision to the Dark –
And meet the Road — erect –

And so of larger — Darkness –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star — come out — within –