Andrew Kern Jan 18, 2022

I ended part 1 of this series suggesting there are three forms of education in all but the most temporary societies. I added that without all three, a society can't survive.

In this post, I want to introduce the three to you and give three historical epochs when they can be seen rather vividly. 

Joshua Gibbs Jan 17, 2022

Father: Raiden has been struggling with his grades, as you know, and there are probably some things his mother and I could do on that front, but I think there’s a bigger problem with your class.

Gibbs: What is that problem?

Father: Well, Raiden is convinced that you don’t like him.

Gibbs: I see. And why does he think that?

Landon Loftin Jan 11, 2022

In 1180 John of Salisbury published The Metalogicon, a treatise written in defense of the Trivium. In it, he answers those who objected to the need for educators to cultivate eloquence in speech. The two most important objections reject first the possibility and then the value of becoming more adept in the art of eloquent expression. John’s defense of eloquence is important today because most non-classical schools pay little to no attention to the acquisition of eloquence.

Joshua Gibbs Jan 9, 2022

If you learned that Fox News was producing a five-part documentary series which described the merits of classical Christian education, what would your response be?

Choose one or more of the following options. 

A. I would have to see the entire series before I made any judgement on it. It could be helpful to classical Christian education, or it could be harmful.  

L. G. Baus Jan 7, 2022

In an age of access, convenience, and connectivity, the fountain pen remains a touchpoint with the past and connects us to our natural pace. Evernote, Slack, Google Keep, Habitica, and other platforms and apps make life convenient and open to intentional technological integration, although most fail to follow through on these practices—for more info, see Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism.

Joshua Gibbs Jan 7, 2022

As a great lover of conversation, I am also skeptical of its ultimate value. My love of conversation is not the romantic sort, nor is conversation my Beatrice. Andre Dubus once wrote, “I need and want to give the intimacy we achieve with words. But words are complex: at times too powerful or fragile or simply wrong… And words are sometimes autonomous little demons who like to form their own parade and march away, leaving us behind.” The fact that words can sometimes be “autonomous little demons” was one of the reasons I quit social media several years ago.

Joshua Gibbs Dec 31, 2021

While the rising popularity of classical Christian education means the average family’s classical buy-in is far lower than it was twenty years ago, there are also a few classical schools that are doubling down on their classical convictions. “If stylus and paper were good enough for Plato, they’re good enough for us,” reads the technology policy at St. Francis Classical in Pensacola, Florida.

Jen Duncan Dec 23, 2021

The last week of a delightful sabbatical has arrived, and I find the seemingly unrelated books I read and discussions I partook in have led me to a common place: hospitality. I entered the spheres of Paradise with Dante in The Divine Comedy, longed for Home with Odysseus, and learned to love my fellow man better with Jayber Crow. The True, Good, and Beautiful hospitably extended an open hand to me, and I now long to extend this invitation to my own students.  

But how? 

Joshua Gibbs Dec 21, 2021

A Charlie Brown Christmas is not like other Christmas movies. For over half a century, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been playing a game of chicken and we tune in every year to watch it win again. When will CBS finally cave and remove Linus’s recitation of Luke 2? When will the story of Christ’s birth finally be replaced with some spineless pablum about equality, teamwork, and oblique references to fashionable politics? “Surely this will be the year they cut it,” we say, folding our arms as the spotlight falls on Linus.

Chelsea Carrier Dec 21, 2021

“Know thyself.” The first time I noticed these words, they were posted in the dead center of a bulletin board covered with black paper. I must admit that as a brand-new teacher, I was shocked to see them displayed in a Christian school. They sounded far too much like Emerson’s transcendental “Trust thyself” or the secular humanism threaded through many modern films. Wasn’t it just a little self-centered? A call to navel-gazing to find truth rooted in ourselves? Shouldn’t we “Know Christ” and forget ourselves?