Andrew Kern Jan 30, 2008
In an earlier lengthy post, I pointed to an essay by Dewey as the fulcrum on which education has been moved. The Christian classical tradition, to summarize, is about embodied ideas and incarnate words. In Dewey, the idea is nothing. While the Christian classical tradition emphasized contemplation of ideas as embodied in great works of art and literature, Dewey and pragmatism emphasize experience, production, and the creation of new values.
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 29, 2008
A textbook and a text are two very different things. A textbook is a collection of texts, most of which are abridged, combined in a single binding and usually with the comments of the editor woven throughout. A text, generally speaking, is an individual artifact that stands on its own as a work of art in its integrity. Very few texts or lessons survive the assault of the textbook.
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 22, 2008
"A good solution solves more than one problem, and it does not make new problems." Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 19, 2008
If you love Christian classical education, you need to see this video from Grace Classical Academy: "Love and laughter is a big part of their day."
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 19, 2008
“There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” Ludwig Von Mises (the prince of the Austrian Economists) Seems like a quote worth pondering when Citibank writes off 18 billion and Merrill writes off another 14 billion. If you can get out of debt, do so.
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 18, 2008
Cheryl Lowe has strong opinions about how math needs to be taught and, unlike so many in the so-called math wars, hers are grounded in her experiences of learning and teaching math. She discusses the history of these math wars and her view on how math should be taught and how it has long been taught in a CD I was listening to this morning called What The Trivium Teaches About Teaching Math.
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 17, 2008
Without understanding an idea, we cannot have discretion. Unless we contemplate an idea we cannt understand it. We contemplate ideas when we see them embodied in paintings, music, stories, lessons, etc. The structure of a lesson is itself the structure of the idea taught.
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 17, 2008
The driving impulse of the CiRCE Institute is to figure out what Christian classical education is and to learn how to apply in it ever more complete, authentic, and integrated ways. In my studies and reflection, one astonishing thing has become astonishingly clear to me.
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 14, 2008
"There are some fans who like their team. There are some fans who love their team. And then there are the Packer fans."  Peter King SI 1-14-8
Category:
Andrew Kern Jan 7, 2008
January 6th was the last day of the 12 days of Christmas, and last night was, therefore, the twelfth night. In the traditional Christmas calendar, January 6th is Epiphany or Theophany. In fact, for the first few centuries and in some places to this day Epiphany is treated as the more important "Christmas" event.
Category:

Pages