Andrew Kern Mar 15, 2008
If you have any good religious jokes that I can despoil at the conference this summer, please let me know them. Here's a link to one I've used in various contexts that is absolutely hysterical: The Best Religious Joke Ever  Maybe we should have a workshop on whether it's OK to tell other people's jokes in public. That might not be very funny though.
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Andrew Kern Mar 13, 2008
Consider. Which rivers flow wider: those that cut deeply into the ground or those that ease over the surface?  What does that say about the argument between breadth and depth in education?
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Andrew Kern Mar 11, 2008
You are the first to know that Dr. Peter Sampo, founder of Thomas More College in New Hampshire, has agreed to accept the Paideia Prize at this summer's CiRCE conference. I'm anxious to learn more about Dr. Sampo and his work, but I can tell you already that he laboured for years in an extremely difficult vineyard to bring St. Thomas More College to life and fruition. He retired from the Presidency about two years ago and Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, formerly of ISI, is now carrying on the work.
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Andrew Kern Mar 10, 2008
"We shape our buildings; then they shape us."  Winston Churchill I thank John Heaton of New Covenant Schools of Lynchburg for that quotation
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2008
Guess who said this (first to guess gets a free autographed copy of Classical Education, The Movement Sweeping America, by Dr. Gene Edward Veith and Andrew Kern (I'm the second guy and I'm the only autography you'll get)):
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2008
Click here to learn more and sign a petition, but a California appellate court judge is trying to re-engineer society by threatening the liberties of home schoolers. It was Rousseau who argued that man is everywhere born free, but everywhere he is in chains. It was also Rousseau who built on that premise a philosophical defense for tyrannical government. Yet another court is attacking our freedoms.
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2008
Reflecting on the relation between science and faith, Marty McCarthy, an Episcopal priest and good friend, wrote to me:
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Andrew Kern Mar 6, 2008
For a science curriculum to be ultimately effective it must meet the following criteria:
  • It must recognize the purpose of the natural sciences.
  • It must recognize the nature of the natural sciences.
  • It must recognize and accept the limits of the natural sciences.
  • It must rightly align the natural sciences with the rest of the curriculum: first, with the arts (the verbal and mathematical arts) that enable the sciences, and second with the higher sciences of ethics, politics, metaphysics, and theology.
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Andrew Kern Mar 6, 2008
Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading "During the past five years we've heard from parents again and again how difficult it has been to get children who have read nothing but pap to focus when the books assigned in class get more complicated.
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Andrew Kern Feb 25, 2008
An update: I have been travelling a lot the past few weeks so have had few opportunities to write. I'll be away again from Wednesday to Friday this week, so I don't know if I'll have an opportunity to blog until next week. You might want to check back on Monday, March 3. Furthermore, I purchased an HP Vivera printer/scanner and ever since then this blog has been giving me problems. Hopefully I can resolve them without any major changes, but it could lead to trouble posting over the next couple weeks.
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