Andrew Kern Oct 22, 2007
Tomorrow night I'll be interviewed by Pluto and Plato (Maurice Velazquez and Steve Elliott) on their teleconference "radio show". The topic is Teaching Literature to Children. A month ago we began this discussion and we ran out of time when I started to get into the questions that can open things up for the class or home discussion, questions that will drive you into the heart of the text without ruining it by giving your student/child a worksheet.
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Andrew Kern Oct 22, 2007
I hold to the humble view that the natural sciences are in trouble and that they will build a very high tower over the next 100 or so years before they discover that it has no foundation. The following quotations offer clues as to why I believe this. A.N. Whitehead, co-author with Bertrand Russell of Principia Mathematica says: There is but one source for science: It must come from the Medieval insistence on the rationality of God. St Augustine:
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Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2007
Here is R.M. Wenley in an essay entitled, The Nature of Culture Studies, published in Latin and Greek in American Education, which we consider one of the five most important books on education written in the 20th century:
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Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2007
I learn from Bill Neal in Gardener's Latin that Clematideus means "with long climbing branches; like clematis" and I realize once again that the benefits of Latin cannot be enumerated. Across the page I learn that columbinus means, "like a dove; flowers shaped like a group of doves." One cannot drive past a Columbine Street or see a Columbine sign or even hear the word columbine without being reminded of the sad free fall of our culture. How doubly ironic, how painful, to be reminded that the bird of peace was shot down on that day.
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Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2007
Teacher Magazine posted this fine article today by Cindi Rigsbee about how to teacher grammar in this day of IM and pop culture. She makes some very sound suggestions, like mini-lessons and connecting to students in their actual experience.
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Andrew Kern Oct 16, 2007
The Confederate States lost the War Between the States because they had no constitutional right to succeed.
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Andrew Kern Oct 15, 2007
RV Young puts it this way:
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Andrew Kern Oct 15, 2007
When I was a child, my creative writing teacher (the immortal Mrs. Holm) mentioned a then current cigarette commercial that used the tag line, "Winston takes good, like a cigarette should. So what do you want, good grammar or good taste?"
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Andrew Kern Oct 15, 2007
In his classic On the Art of Writing Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (pronounced more or less "Killer Coosh") said this:
You have not been left altogether without clue to the secret of what Style is. That you must master teh secret for yourselves lay implicit in our bargain, and you were never promised that a writer's training would be easy. Yet a clue was certainly put in your hands when, having insisted that literature is a living art, I added that therefore it must be personal and of its essence personal.
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Andrew Kern Oct 13, 2007
You may or may not like the politics, but the point about words is vital and very funny!  http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/index.jhtml?ml_video=111009
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