Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2008
Nearly every day I receive another notice or article about the struggles to build a science curriculum that meets the need of the day to produce scientists to keep the economy moving, to cure diseases, and to stay ahead of the enemy technologically. And no wonder: the power of science to solve physical problems has proven to be something on the order of unbelievable. Sometimes a religious disposition to revere God can lead to a relaxed appreciation for what people do, but this lacks wisdom. As we love God by loving our neighbor, so we revere God by respecting His image.
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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2008
Sometimes we don't realize what is most practical in a given situation. For example, the CiRCE conference theme this summer is humor. I don't know how many people have done research on the necessity of humor in the life of a school, but I suspect scarcity defines the number. And yet... And yet. How many headmasters have have survived without a sense of humor? How many 2nd grade teachers can get from one day to the next without taking the time out to laugh? How many middle school teachers - do I even need to complete this thought?
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Andrew Kern Apr 10, 2008
By the time a child turns 15 or so he has formed a very strong sense of his ideals. In fact, the foundation of those ideals was laid 15 years earlier. Some children become so confused over their early ideals (by experience, hypocricy, etc.) that they have become cynical by the teen years. Regrettably, that happens a lot in our age and part of the reason for that is the sentimental, painless lies that our children are fed through Barney, Veggie Tales and other manipulative forms of pre-K child-care.
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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008

The motto of the Fox News Channel is “We Report.  You Decide.”  The idea behind the statement is that they are attempting to report the news without bias or prior interpretation.  They are claiming objectivity, in the sense of being “without bias or prejudice; detached.”  Of course, claims to objectivity are numerous, extending to nearly every side of every debate, whether political, theological, etc. 

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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008
Chesterton argued that it did not. Consider this, published in Gilbert magazine.
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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008
Since a poem has the four qualtities identified and haltingly addressed in this post: it's music, its imagery, its logos, and its unspeakable quality that I've reluctantly and insultingly reduced to its connotations, we can develop a strategy when we approach a poem that is consistent with the nature of poetry. We don't need to become mathematicians, looking for precise and certain knowledge, but we also don't need to become unbelievers, believing there is nothing to look at.
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Andrew Kern Apr 6, 2008
Why does a folk-dance last for hundreds of years (think Sound of Music), while a modern popular dance goes out of fashion in 2 or 5 or maybe 10 years (think Funny Face, the Twist, even Swing, despite it's nostalgic renewal)?
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Andrew Kern Apr 5, 2008
If you haven't read the account of Magdi Allam's conversion from Islam to Christianity, you should do so now.
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Andrew Kern Apr 3, 2008

Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books, in case you were wondering.  Though Huxley’s A Brave New World may have been more accurately prophetic in regard to our overall culture – no need to burn books, just get the people to where they do not want to read – I find Fahrenheit to be specifically accurate in how it speaks of modern human interaction.  Allow me to quote at length from one of the early conversations between Guy and the unusual young Clarisse:

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Andrew Kern Apr 3, 2008
May the Lord find in my heart a place where He can rest; a place so ordered and so focused on pleasing Him and hearing Him and serving Him that He feels He has come home when He enters.
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