Andrew Kern Oct 25, 2007
Colorado Rockies might lose tonight, since they're down 13-1 in the fifth. Oh well. On Tuesday night I participated in a teleconference interview about how to teach great literature to kids. In it I emphasized the seven great questions that teach kids how to think and that make teaching both more effective and easier. Next week, we'll be conducting the third of four such interviews. Maurice Velazquez and Steve Elliott of the Pluto and Plato radio show conduct the interviews.
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Andrew Kern Oct 23, 2007
The discussion around the Dumbledore case is profoundly revealing. I posted the following to one participant in the NY Times  discussion. America's heart is laid bear in these comments. So here's my response to one of them:  I read all the comments up to 155 and then I thought: Without doubt this is the most interesting post. So I had to respond. Alevard, you said:
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Andrew Kern Oct 23, 2007
Like many, I've been following the reaction to Rowling's "outing" of Albus Dumbledore with bemusement and some wonder. It seems to be a social event of some signficance and one worth thinking about from many angles. I expect I'll be doing that for the next little while, because I can't possibly contain the various tracks in a single blog post. A lot of questions arise from this event: the role of the author, ethics, education, parenting responsibilites, values, etc.
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Andrew Kern Oct 23, 2007
While we abandon our heritage of manners and civility, the east adopts it. Fascinating little article about ballroom dancing in Vietnam.
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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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