Andrew Kern Nov 1, 2007
Here's an interesting take on one of the most practical decisions a school ever makes. I'm surprised by how little thought goes into this question and how little input the teacher typically has. Of course, the question is whether we should use desks or tables. If we have to choose, I would take the table over the desk 95 times out of 100.  What do you think? What are the advantages of desks? Why are they so ubiquitous? Is it just a power play?
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Andrew Kern Oct 31, 2007
Brian Philips at Covenant Classical here in Concord provided a forum on why Latin should be taught in our schools. He got some great discussion going with the audience and one of the things that came out is that there is a rather obvious attempt by many of our cultural leaders to follow Nietzsche's lead and to eliminate the Christian classical tradition from our culture. By far the easiest and most effective way to do so is to eliminate Latin studies from our schools and culture.  
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Andrew Kern Oct 31, 2007
This from James Taylor's Poetic Knowledge
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Andrew Kern Oct 29, 2007
Here begins my gardening blog posts. I am keeping this blog because I love the idea of gardening and I believe gardening has an awful lot to teach us about life, but I'm a lousy gardener. So, having resolved to give it another shot, I'm going to keep track of things here and also ask for advice. I'm beginning to blog on it today because I began my next spring garden today. Karen and I discussed how much we want to shoot for (she's no specialist either) and decided on a 14X4 foot plot. We're going to divide it into three four foot squares and use the square foot method.
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Andrew Kern Oct 29, 2007
In this post, I wrote these words:
Widespread homosexuality is both cause and effect of social and personal disintegration. More precisely, the gay agenda has already and will continue to wreak moral havoc. It does so by implementing a logic of permission that is untenable, but having been implemented becomes the habitual language of moral thought by which the great mass of men go about making moral decisions.Let me explain what I mean.  
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Andrew Kern Oct 29, 2007
Were Mercury and Dionysus good friends? I'm scanning my memory for stories that involved both of them because, looking at the age, it seems evident to me that Mercury is the god of this age and that Dionysus is riding his wagon. Are they friends or rivals? Mercury was the messenger god. He was the god of rhetoric, the lord of the clever. He was the god of merchants (derived from his name through the medieval "ch"ing of the Latin c), and traders, and thieves. He was a merry god, impish in all his doings. The kind of trouble maker you couldn't help loving. Obviously a marketer.
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Andrew Kern Oct 29, 2007
Here's an interesting speech that a Robert Spencer gave in Belgium about Islam and its attitude to non-Muslims. I don't know enough about the subject, but this speech would seem to raise concerns that are of historical/political/theological importance. He asks how Osama bin Laden is twisting verses in the Koran and gets no response. Did you know that Khomeini conquered Iran from France with cassette tapes?
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Andrew Kern Oct 28, 2007
Every year after our CiRCE conference I have the privilige of listening to the conference CD's. Some of them are downright extraordinary, especially if you are willing and eager to think about education beyond the superficialities of popular thought. Today I was listening to a CD by Debbie Harris with the title of this blog post. I found myself repeatedly thinking, "This is incredible."
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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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