Andrew Kern Mar 4, 2009
That time of year thou mayst in schools behold When teachers come to be interviewed. I just finished talking with a new headmaster at a classical school who will be participating in our headmaster coaching program and we got on the topic of teacher interviews. What red flags should he look out for that would indicate that a teacher might not fit his school, he asked. And there's one of the essential questions you need to ask before you do an interview yourself.
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Andrew Kern Mar 4, 2009
Schools encourage perfectionism, not excellence. They encourage people to avoid mistakes, not to be creative. John Cook
John goes on to argue that schools reward us for our worst performances instead of for our best. Thought-provoking and worth reading if you can act on it. In any case, something we need to think about.
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Andrew Kern Mar 3, 2009
What happens when a great piece of music falls into the hands of a 1970's rock band that calls itself an orchestra and has lots of outlets nearby? Take a look at this:
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Andrew Kern Mar 2, 2009
Mere Comments directed me to this post by Paul Johnson that presents an appreciative and insightful view of Charles Darwin the man and raises questions about his theory that seem important.
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Andrew Kern Mar 2, 2009
Balance implies equality and it's static. More often, we need integration, which is dynamic. Integration implies purpose. Balancing your life is usually good. Integrating it is always good - it's better. Same with your teaching, reading, planning, cooking, etc.
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Andrew Kern Feb 27, 2009
The spiritual mind does not grab onto one idea to the exclusion of others. It loves all things according to their due. Therefore, only the spiritual mind can be an educated mind. The spiritual mind is principled in its thinking. It is not empirical or "spiritual" but objectively rational. This rational thought is the foundation of order. This is not a Cartesian rationalsim, however, but a more ancient rationalism whose quest is not "certainty" but harmony.
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Andrew Kern Feb 25, 2009
Truth revealed and accepted accelerates learning by drawing the lover of truth like a magnet. Dogma, therefore, if they are true, do no harm to the intellect. Falsehood, however, does positive harm. Thus the modern disregard for assertions of truth (which are, of course, directed at truths the modern doesn't like or at people who think they know the truth because they've memorized a statement about it) is fatal to the intellect and at the root of how our most-schooled-society in the world is also among the dumbest. Thus there are at least three ways in which truth helps cultivate learning.
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Andrew Kern Feb 25, 2009
Kids need and like heroes, but they also like having a context in which to locate them. Besides, no hero is a hero without a context in which he became a hero. He had to fight something. They love to see the overall flow of history or of a given period. This is pleasing to the intellectual faculty, while the heroic element appeals to their spiritedness.
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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009
Not a great speaker, but the boat story hits home. No matter how great a leader President Obama is, he can't get us anywhere if impersonal bureaucrats are the ones making our decisions. Bobby is taking a position. I don't think this speech will move many people tonight. But in three or four years it will be a standard he can return to. We'll have to wait and see what happens, but if the Republicans don't get creative they could be swamped again by the Obamomentum.
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Andrew Kern Feb 24, 2009
I'm grateful to hear him say that we do "not torture." A new era of engagement has begun. We can't be alone and the world needs us. We need to engage in negotiation with confidence and candor. The world depends on us having a strong economy as we depend on the strength of the worlds. Deep implications to that. Not something to enter into without a lot of judgment. The world is watching us. We hear that a lot. "In our hands lies the ability to shape our world; for good or for ill." "Hope comes from the dreams and aspirations of ordinary Americans who are anything but ordinary."
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