Andrew Kern Jun 17, 2014

The classical tradition has been polluted by four streams of thought, each of which is ultimately rooted in conscious or unconscious antipathy to the human soul. 

Naturalism, which took its educational form as Utiliatrianism, is a rejection of anything transcendent. It arose in the 17th and 18th centuries out of the fear that somebody might learn something that everybody else can't easily see for themselves. It leads to the idea that learning is measured by its usefulness and validates itself, for the most part, through measurable assessments. 

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Andrew Kern May 5, 2014

When the course of my life is run and I am tied to a stake or lying beneath my final shroud, it will be among my sweetest consolations to be able to say that I knew the man who wrote these words:

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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2014

We do well, it seems to me, to distinguish Greek education from Roman. The Roman's were masters at making things last (like, for example, their empire). They weren't necessarily very good at making things good. The Greeks were not so good at making things last, though this problem can be exagerrated since the pragmatic Roman republic put an end to their independence after about 500 years, depending on how you look at it.

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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. 

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Andrew Kern Sep 27, 2013

The heart of the difference between classical and conventional education is not in curriculum or teaching methods, though those are effected. The heart of the issue is in goals and beliefs. Our practices often entangle us so much that we can't get back to the things that matter most. 

The biggest difference is theological. Conventional education is ultimately nihilistic, believing that we live in a great meaningless vacuum. Classical education, Christian or philosophical, rests on the foundation of Being. Everything, quite literally follows from this. 

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Andrew Kern Sep 13, 2013
  • It’s always an exploration but never a scientific experiment
  • It's both dialectical and dogmatic, but never tyrannical
  • It feeds on tradition, but is always looking for deeper perceptions and new applications
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Andrew Kern Aug 28, 2013

"I don't know how all this talk about truth, goodness, and beauty are going to get a kid into college."

I heard somewhere that a board member of a Christian classical school uttered these words. I chooose to regard them as apocryphal and thus to set them up as a dummy to respond to. 

Here's my first response:

30% of adults in the US have a college education, while only 20% of our jobs require one. College is an increasingly good way to collect debt and prepare for unemployment. 

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David M. Wright Aug 12, 2013

“Suddenly, right before their eyes, look, a potent marvel destined to shape the future!”
The Aeneid, Book V. ll. 575-6

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Andrew Kern May 20, 2013

In the great 21st century debate over the liberal arts, an important distinction needs to be made between two forms of liberal arts studies.

On the one hand, there are what I will call the Nihilistic Liberal Arts.

On the other, there are the Classical Liberal Arts. 

The words are chosen with care and they matter. I'll try to explain what I mean in coming posts. It will make everybody angry and show how simplistic my thinking is. 

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