Andrew Kern Jan 17, 2009
The first thing you need to know about me to grasp the significance of this blog entry is that I believe Bill Gates is the Anti-Christ and that Microsoft is the Whore of Babylon.
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Andrew Kern Jan 16, 2009
Contemporary "education" feeds on the prestige capital of the western tradition. Yet, if we pay any attention, we notice quickly that what conventional schools do would not be considered education by the founders of this tradition. For one thing, conventional schooling focuses its attention on the economy: "How can our graduates contribute to the economy?"
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Andrew Kern Jan 16, 2009

In these economically trying times, we can see that our value proposition has never been more important. People who come only because the school is cheaper won't come back. There's always a cheaper one.

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Andrew Kern Jan 15, 2009
Until catholic Institutions throw off the yoke of the accrediting boards, and exercise a free judgment on basic educational questions, they will never be able to realize in practice any of the principles which belong to Catholic education. Reforming Education: The Order of Learning, page 185, 186
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Andrew Kern Jan 15, 2009
I referred yesterday to an article from NAS about NCATE, which is the largest accrediting body for schools of education in America. If you care about what is happening to American education, you need to know the contents of that article. And if you care about what is happening to American education and have a leadership role, you need to take seriously the issue of accreditation.
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Andrew Kern Jan 14, 2009
I believe that classical and Christian education is more about wisdom being embodied in the teacher than the right curriculum, program, or technique. I also believe that teachers must understand the link between the philosophy and the practice of classical and Christian education to be effective. I believe that classical and Christian teaching must be modeled in front of classical and Christian teachers. And lastly, I believe that an “immersion” in the model of classical and Christian education through conversations in small groups in a contemplative setting is imperative in training.
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Andrew Kern Jan 14, 2009
Classical educators have long been concerned about whether teacher's colleges have been producing teachers who are qualified to teach in a classical school. School leaders often state that it is easier to hire a teacher from another profession because "they have less to unlearn." The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy is concerned too, though not just for classical schools. They have produced a report for North Carolina called Univesity of North Carolina Education Schools: Helping or Hindering Potential Teachers?. Here's a summary from their web site.
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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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