Andrew Kern Nov 11, 2008
They are a vital element of effective teaching, especially because they are the only times when you can be highly confident your students are paying attention. But wandering takes a deep command of your subject matter, at least of the ideas being discussed, if not the details that make up the idea.
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Andrew Kern Nov 11, 2008
In an earlier post, The Joy of Learning, I began to describe the importance of perception in teaching that cultivates that joy. There I tried to show that all learning begins with perception and that the degree to which a perception impacts us is the determined by how much attention we give to that perception. Here is the corrollary: just as truth, goodness, and beauty can only enter the soul through perceiving them (I think), so evil finds its entry into the mind and the heart through what we perceive.
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Andrew Kern Nov 11, 2008
The easiest thing to forget and the first thing we notice about the Christian life is that everything turns on being in Christ. In Colossians, Paul puts it this way:
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk IN HIM, rooted and built up IN HIM and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
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Andrew Kern Nov 11, 2008
Angelina in Louisiana maintains one of the most interesting, thought provoking, and helpful blogs for a classical educator, especially a home schooler, which is, of course, where the freedom to experiment and explore hides out. Take a look at her Permanent Things.
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Andrew Kern Nov 7, 2008
This week, across this marvelous country of ours that is eternally stuck in the world as it actually is, many Christian schools were surprised by a tension they should have been prepared for. The reactionary and apocalyptic nature of much Christian education and culture has so convinced Christian kids that the Obama election was a disaster that they are praying publicly that God will have mercy on us and protect us from this great danger.
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Andrew Kern Nov 6, 2008

I'm introducing a new feature at the Quiddity blog. I want Presdient-elect Obama to succeed and I fear that his friends might make it a whole lot harder for him. So I'm keeping an eye out for Messianic language and exagerrated claims or expectations that he can't possibly live up to. The flip side is the exagerrated claims about the world Mr. Obama is serving. I call this the:

Overstatement Watch (entry one):

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Andrew Kern Nov 5, 2008
Great speech by President-elect Obama.
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Andrew Kern Nov 5, 2008
I hope you have seen the acceptance and concession speeches. McCain's made me teary eyed with appreciation. Both of them are excellent speeches. We really are sitting on the edge of history, one way or the other.
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Andrew Kern Nov 4, 2008
Visiting professor, Phil Busse, has resigned from St. Olaf's college after stealing McCain signs off people's lawns, boasting about it in the locker room, er, I mean his blog, and getting caught by the administration. Apparently, he can't tell the difference between an adolescent thrill and a political act. Yes, I'm nervous about America. "Yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single-most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done."
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Andrew Kern Nov 4, 2008
There is only one God and He has not been doing terribly well in the opinion polls lately. On a day like this, when more Americans than ever are going to the polls, that matters, though I recognize the difference between an election poll and an opinion poll.
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