Andrew Kern Jan 3, 2009
Some encouraging news from Diane Ravitch, unquestionably one of the great historians of education at work today. The regrettable demise of the Council for Basic Education has been responded to by the formation of a new research group called Common Core. Here's how Ms. Ravitch described it:
We hope to sponsor research, conduct conferences, publish reports, and do similar things to change the climate and to move our schools away from the current unhealthy obsession with testing.
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Andrew Kern Jan 2, 2009
Actually it's Adeimantus, quoted in Book VIII of the Republic (553d):
There is no other transformation so quick and so sure from a young man who loves honor to one who loves money.
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Andrew Kern Jan 2, 2009
Dr. Louis Markos will be visiting my friends at Berean Academy on Friday, March 20 at 7:00 PM. If you are near Tampa at the time you'll want to attend, both to learn about the school and to hear Dr. Markos, who is a great CS Lewis scholar.  To learn more about either, click on the link to Berean under "Schools" on the right side of this blog.
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Andrew Kern Jan 1, 2009
I don't make them anymore. A couple years ago I resolved not to be so obsessed with self-improvement, but I forgot to put an expiry date on that resolution, much to the chagrin of my family. It reminds me of a highway sign in central Ohio that I saw about 950,000 miles ago: buckle up next million miles. I put the seat belt on then and was so close to being able to take it off when I passed it again on my way to Canada last week. Very frustrating. It's like getting to the end of a maze and they move the end point when you come around the last bend.
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Andrew Kern Dec 31, 2008
Don't watch this if you are a musical purist, but I think this could actually be used to help kids understand classical music - or at least Beethooven. It's hilarious, with apologies to John Hodges.
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Andrew Kern Dec 31, 2008
I wasn't going to add something so quickly but in reviewing a post, I ran across this one and had to add it here:
The lesson is this: Don’t tell me the future. I’ve learned, unquestionably, that resilience—not prophecy—is the greatest gift.
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Andrew Kern Dec 31, 2008
David Hicks on Socratic thinking:
By making his students conscious of their dialectical thinking processes, Socrates hoped to assign them parts in a dramatic dialogue that otherwise occurs unconsciously and haphazardly in the thinking mind. Once the conversation between Socrates and his students deliberately took on the dialectical form of mental activity, learning became possible. Man could now visualize and oversee his own mind at work.
From Norms and Nobility, page 67.
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Andrew Kern Dec 31, 2008
Maybe that question isn't as easy as it sounds at first. How much of what we do in our Christian schools arises from the pressures of our culture and how much of it arises from the gospel? We can never stop thinking about that. So here's a link to an article at The Educated Imagination that stimulated the question in my own mind: Communitarian Learning.
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Andrew Kern Dec 31, 2008
I have had chronic back pain for several years now. It has finally become intolerable the point of my having a medical procedure done yesterday. During the process of explaining the procedure, the doctor grabbed my attention my asserting a phrase that is rarely heard in the medical profession these days. He said that the thing that excited him about the procedure was that it would “get us closer to identifying the root causes of the pain instead of just continually treating the symptoms”.
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Andrew Kern Dec 30, 2008
Our friends over at Eucharisteo pointed me to this really excellent looking web site where they provide readings of a growing number of great English poems. What I've heard is read with an English accent, which seems important to me. Remember that most poetry was originally written with the expectation of public readings, so if you aren't comfortable or familiar with this approach this site might provide you with just what you need.
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