Andrew Kern Feb 6, 2009
As the sciences became more systematized, many prominent men began to insist upon their inclusion in the curriculum, and, in reply to the disciplinary argument of the conservative classicists, they urged that emphasis in education should be upon subject matter. Frank Graves, A History of Education in Modern Times, 1914
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Andrew Kern Feb 5, 2009

In the last post I discussed that idea that the decisions made by leaders and teachers in homes and schools should be purposeful ones. The idea is to have a framework in mind that provides a hierarchy of principles to prioritize certain ideas and decisions over others. Only then can we order our thoughts within the sphere of influence (homes for homeschoolers, schools for some, etc.) that we educate.

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Andrew Kern Feb 4, 2009
While I was in Austin, at Veritas Academy, we went through a discussion speculating about the signs used in addition (+ adds a vertical line to -, - subtracts the vertical line from +, = are two equal lines). It was pretty exciting for me, because it indicated that the signs actually do mean something. You can imagine the thrill I felt when I opened my History of Mathematics by Carl Boyer, opened it rather randomly, and read these marvelous confirming words by Robert Recorde (who, as we all know, made the two equal parallel lines the "equals" sign):
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Andrew Kern Feb 4, 2009

I received an e-mail today asking about standardized tests, and this was my response. I'm interested to hear what others have to say on this matter.

You are asking the right question and here are a few attempts by me to justify the standardized tests:

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Andrew Kern Feb 4, 2009
Bryan just showed me a very kind statement by Veritas School in Richmond, VA about our consulting work with them. I thought you might be interested in the perceived value of a CiRCE consultation at a very fine school. Here's an excerpt:
I believe that as a result of his visit and teaching, Veritas faculty are more prepared to offer a truly classical and Biblical education. It is also a catalyst for our curriculum review and documentation. Andrew helped us to see how the philosophical underpinnings and theory of what we do is amazingly practical.
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Andrew Kern Feb 3, 2009
In the big football news of this week, Dom Capers and the Packers defensive staff have begun to meet to plan the new season. Here's an insight from Dom today, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
You can never sacrifice effort and you can never sacrifice knowing what to do and when to do it. If we can do those things, it will give us a chance. If you don't do those things, then it always catches up to you.
I don't care what you are doing, that about sums up life.
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Andrew Kern Feb 3, 2009

As a teacher and, later, head of a high school, I was continually amazed by the multitude of decisions that I had to make everyday.  I began to realize that if I had no framework, or schematic, to order and prioritize, I would always succumb to the tyranny of the urgent.

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Andrew Kern Jan 29, 2009
At a retreat I'm attending, Bob Ingram made this really profound statement. Try to draw out the implications for your school.

The kids glean from the spillover of the intellectual life of the faculty

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Andrew Kern Jan 27, 2009
7 X 13 = 28! Here's another version of this gag from a week or two ago. Abbott and Costello add so many little details that it's even more hilarious. "Did you ever go to school, stupid?"
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Andrew Kern Jan 27, 2009
Christian and classical school often find themselves in a dilemma in regard to what they should offer by way of classes. A school must make a multitude of choices concerning curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings. Recovering a basic understanding of classical education as a liberal arts education will assist in helping schools with these decisions.
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