Andrew Kern Jan 14, 2009
My good friend Andrew Pudewa has just returned from Africa, where he kept a blog of his adventures. Here's a link for you to keep up with him (a little late).
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Andrew Kern Jan 14, 2009
What is the point of covering ground, if the students' feet never touch it, if they never learn through independent exercise to walk by themselves, with head erect and unafraid of all intellecutal opposition and difficulty... I would feel happier about the graduates of Catholic colleges if they were really to understand a few truths well... rather than be able to recite... philosophical answers to problems they did not really understand or take seriously. Reforming Education, chapter 13, The Order of Learning
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Andrew Kern Jan 13, 2009
Adler uses the word Catholicism, but I'm substituting the word Christianity because I believe the principle applies regardless and because he used that word partly, at least, because he was speaking to Catholics. But this needs to be thought about:
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Andrew Kern Jan 13, 2009
John Taylor Gatto begins this video by pointing out that when we send our children to schools we are giving them up for adoption. Take a look at this video because Gatto continually forces people to think about obvious things that people don't want to bother reflecting on. "The master creates the lesson; the teacher administers the lessons."
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Andrew Kern Jan 13, 2009
Another thing that came out clearly while I was in Austin at Veritas Academy was the central role of ideas in classical education. Mortimer Adler showed that when we teach we always teach one of three things: content, skills, or ideas. Each is taught differently. If you want someone to know content you give it to them or at least tell them where to get it. If you want someone to learn a skill, you give them coached practice. But why bother with skills and content?
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Andrew Kern Jan 12, 2009
Do you remember the German families that have been arrested for home schooling? Here's an update from World Net Daily. At the bottom you'll see a list of previous articles many of which are worth reading to get the rest of the story. The picture on this blog is of the Wolfgangsee, nestled in the Austrian Alps, as the tourist brochures like to say. This is the town where one of the families fled when the police threatened to take their children away from them.
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Andrew Kern Jan 12, 2009
Given that I am involved in two national educational conferences every summer, it might seem odd to hear this from me, but I am writing to warn you to be careful about spending money on summer conferences. The economy is not doing well, though one could hope that by next summer this recession of already more than a year might be past. I don't think it is reasonable to expect it.
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Andrew Kern Jan 12, 2009
Blessed are the pure in heart For they shall see God Matthew 5:8
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Andrew Kern Jan 10, 2009
Richard John Neuhaus has entered his rest. I hope to follow up with comments (and I certainly welcome yours) on the influence and work of this visionary man, but for now you can click here to learn more at First Things. Here is a link to some tributes.
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Andrew Kern Jan 10, 2009
Aristotle began his Metaphysics with the claim that "All men by nature desire to know." He proceeded to support his argument by pointing out that we keep our eyes open. Much of the time we do so because of the pleasure gained by perceiving what is around us. Schools were established on the notion that learning and knowledge are a good thing and CiRCE is strongly effected by our desire to learn and to help others love learning.
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