Andrew Kern Nov 9, 2007
Continuing this theme and wishing I had more time to go into it, here is the third of Berry's "Good Solutions": "A good solution improves the balances, symmetries, or harmonies within a pattern--it is a qualitative solution--rather than enlarging or complicating some part of a pattern at the expense or in neglect of the rest."
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Andrew Kern Nov 8, 2007
Bryan Smith presented some ideas on the importance of memory at the conference last summer. His talk was called Training the Inward Eye, and in it he showed how important memorizing good literature and rich texts is. Dr. Smith is one of those people with a deep learning that he politely veils for us so as not to create a barrier, but that shines out from time to time.
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Andrew Kern Nov 7, 2007
The streets of the broken city bring in the vogue of the revolutionary --another kind of politician, another slogan-sayer, ready to level the world with a little truth. Those who wait to change until a crowd agrees with their opinions will never change. Farming: A Handbook. Poems by Wendell Berry
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Andrew Kern Nov 7, 2007
"Given that 48 states require principals to be certified in educational administration, the disappointing state of principal preparation is disturbing news." The Accidental Principal, Hess and Kelly This article, from Education Next, underscores the insolubility of the problem with American education. States pass laws that they cannot possibly oversee. Schools line up to advertise how effectively they meet the laws.
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Andrew Kern Nov 6, 2007
Thomas Sowell comments on college admissions: "one of the tragic misconceptions of many students and their parents is that you have to go to a prestigious, big-name academic institution to really get ahead and reach the top.....Stop and think: What is an academic institution's prestige based on? Academic prestige is based mostly on the research achievements of the faculty."
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Andrew Kern Nov 2, 2007
Last Tuesday night I got involved in a discussion on why Christians are uncomfortable with pagan literature and how to deal with that problem. Then we ran out of time. Next Tuesday we'll be renewing that discussion on the Pluto and Plato Radio show/teleconference. I hope you can be there because this is an important issue and I want to be able to answer your questions instead of just spouting ideas like a whale lolling on the ocean. Click here for information.
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Andrew Kern Nov 2, 2007
Contrary to the common assumption, desire does not always arise from lack... Christian desire is then triply comic since there are desirable goods that come only by giving--certain possessions, as Augustine said, that are only possessed by dispossession. Fulfillment of desire is in these cases comically enhanced by the opportunity to extend and enhance fulfillment of desire in others.
Peter Leithart, Deep Comedy So saying, Dr. Leithart provides a hint to our summer conference theme: A Contemplation of Humor: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Education.
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Andrew Kern Nov 2, 2007
At Earl Nelson's recommendation I secured a copy of The War Against Grammar by David Mulroy. After an hour or so in its company, I am here to recommend it to you. Here is a quotation he includes in the final chapter that sums up the practical use of the disciplines and rules of grammar - and right in the middle the writer (Danielle Allen) drops a hint as to why grammar is so much more than usage:
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Andrew Kern Nov 1, 2007
The growing realization of the importance of relationships has led to a movement for smaller schools within large schools in the state school systems.
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Andrew Kern Nov 1, 2007
This from The Nature of Culture Studies, by RM Wenley, University of Michigan:
Accuracy of mental operation does not come with memorizing linguistic forms and rules. Here our culture study friends frequently fool themselves. Nevertheless, ability to write decent Latin prose, with dictionary at elbow, simply cannot be acquired without at the same time inducing the kind of mental organization which at length enables a man to go anywhere and do anything, as a great general phrased it. My brilliant colleague, Mr. Shorey, of Chicago, lays his finger on the point when he says:
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