CiRCE Staff Jun 25, 2019

The CiRCE Institute cordially invites you to a 4th of July Extravaganza Old-time Family Picnic! Join us for good food, a bounce house, kids games, kid-friendly fireworks, a bonfire, and much more. 

When: Saturday, July 6th, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Where: Hardin Farm, 4501 Gold Hill Road, Concord NC, 28025

To RSVP click here.

There is no set cost. Pay what you can, if you can. No pressure. Just come and have a good time if you can't afford to pay. 

Joshua Gibbs Jun 23, 2019

A dialogue between a manager at Food Country and a seventeen year old boy who has applied for a job. 

Food Country Manager: Sorry, but based on the way your tests came back, I cannot offer you a job.

Kid: Why not? I couldn’t have failed the drug test.

FCM: Your drug test was fine, but your light scan came back hot.

Kid: My light scan?

FCM: The retina scan they did after you peed in the cup.

Kid: Yeah, what was that about?  

Joshua Gibbs Jun 20, 2019

Like most practical and common-sense claims, my thesis is also a little offensive: In the classroom, teachers should dress like teachers.

Reflexively, the reply comes: But who gets to say what a teacher looks like?

Austin Hoffman Jun 19, 2019

Technology dominates our lives. Most of us walk about carrying supercomputers with more processing power than NASA had for the Apollo 11 mission. These labor-saving devices promise freedom, but we are more enslaved than ever. Eliminating communication barriers means that we may be interrupted at any moment by a call or text. Constantly dinging notifications (real or imagined!) trigger a Pavlovian response to glance at our screen. The time saved by our devices is quickly devoured as we consume the hours on social media trivialities.

Joshua Gibbs Jun 17, 2019

April may be the cruelest month, but Summer is the most pagan of the seasons.

Lindsey Brigham Knott Jun 13, 2019

To begin, twenty theses on lawn mowing.

Lawn-mowing is a primary way to show respect and care for one’s neighbors, for the landscape of your yard is the view from their windows. 

Being a good steward of the home God has entrusted one requires he mow his lawn, for that keeps it tidy and healthy. 

The labor of mowing a lawn is labor for beauty and order. 

Justin Hall Jun 13, 2019

Our replacements have arrived at the front. They have come to relieve us. We have fought, valiant and unceasing, till we no longer remember a world without fighting. But we are not finished. We must prepare these new soldiers to take over our posts, to hold the line, to push forward against the Enemy. And yet, one glance at the blush of their youth and naiveté reveals that our most dire struggle will be with them. They are not ready, and we are nearly spent. Should we not tremble for the future darkness into which we send them, ready or not?

Kate Deddens Jun 10, 2019

A common theme I encounter in conversations with other home educators each spring, and often into the summer months, concerns preparation for the upcoming year. I’ve been classically homeschooling for over twenty-five years, and the liturgy of this assessing and planning season is an integral part of my own life, too—as fundamental to it as preparing for both daily needs and important yearly celebrations like Christmas and Easter.

Joshua Gibbs Jun 7, 2019

If a basketball club has great uniforms, an inspiring mascot, a kind-hearted owner, a wise coach, loyal fans, and a tastefully designed stadium, but the players cannot get the ball to go through the hoop, the team will not win any games. In the same way, a classical school has to have classically-minded teachers.  

Joshua Gibbs Jun 5, 2019

Should students be taught what to think or how to think? Lest we think the question is new, we see the seeds of the debate emerge between the Epicureans and the Stoics— those who belief the chief good of man is found in the body and those who believe his chief good is found in the soul.