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Andrew Kern Mar 10, 2009
Becoming something is fun. How to bore a child: try to entertain him.
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Andrew Kern Mar 9, 2009
I keep coming across somewhat amusing and hysterical posts on the web about whether or not Obama is a socialist. The right uses the term to describe his policies and the left ridicule the right for not having anything original to attack him with but this tired old charge - an interesting and rather tired response. So I got thinking: is he actually a socialist - I mean in terms of his policies, not his own beliefs, which are more or less irrelevent to the question.
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Andrew Kern Mar 9, 2009
Perhaps you've heard Disney dropped the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, choosing rather to panic than to learn their lesson from that mega-disappointment, Prince Caspian (the lesson is, don't destroy Lewis's characters and values). However, it has been picked up and will be released in December of 2010. The writer of this article makes a strong case for the value of the Voyage and the regret the Disney heads are likely to feel.
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Andrew Kern Mar 8, 2009
As many of you know, I am a big proponent of the putting classical ideas in their context – especially the idea of the Trivium within the context of the traditional seven liberal arts. I recently came across a blogger who proposes that we have currently adopted a new seven liberal arts scenario. I thought you might find this interesting...by the way, don't skip over the two liberal arts lists before the "new" list. http://araujoarts.blogspot.com/2007/10/new-7-liberal-arts.html
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2009
Buck put it this way:
If you are teaching it, you've got to be doing it.
He was referring to writing, but generalizing a principle. Is there anything this doesn't apply to? Jeannie said:
An uneducated teacher can't move the student from using tools to using judgment. Using tools well requires judgment, not formulas.
Buck raised the question of why to avoid "Be" verbs when you write.  We came up with three reasons:
  1. Precision of thought (we assume this needs no defense).
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2009
If you like U-2, I'm afraid you're going to have to take a look at these.
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Andrew Kern Mar 6, 2009
Classical Rhetoric is not just about saying things persuasively, it's about building a persuasive argument, even when you are trying to persuade yourself. That ain't easy. In today's apprenticeship conference call, apprentices mentioned four different decisions people have used LTW tools to help them reason through;
  1. Whether I should go to Colorado
  2. Whether I should move out of my apartment
  3. Which school I should go to
  4. And my favorite: How can I persuade my parents to buy me an Xbox?
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Andrew Kern Mar 6, 2009
The teacher who can't communicate an idea from her own soul to the soul of her student can't teach. So you need to figure out whether a prospective teacher can do this before you hire her. Questions to ask:
  • What is the best way to arrange the desks in a classroom?
  • If your student can't understand a math concept (give an example, e.g. quadratic formula, carrying, etc.) what can you do for that student?
  • Why would you teach a fairy tale to a kindergarten class?
  • What makes a great work of art a great work of art?
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Andrew Kern Mar 5, 2009
GREAT ARE THE WONDERS OF THE CROSS! IT PLANTED ABSTINENCE FIRMLY IN THE CHURCH. AND UPROOTED ADAM'S LACK OF IT IN PARADISE. ONE TREE IN EDEN BROUGHT DEATH TO MAN, BUT ANOTHER ON GOLGOTHA GRANTED ETERNAL LIFE TO THE WORLD. THE CROSS IS THE FOUNTAIN OF PARADISE WHICH RELEASED YOUR LIFE-BEARING BLOOD AND WATER. From The Lenten Triodion
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Andrew Kern Mar 5, 2009

Somebody asked me for my thoughts on a concise definition of beauty, so here they are: 

First, it’s terribly unfair to ask for a concise definition because the more concise you make it, the more people will understand the words differently.

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