Andrew Kern Nov 11, 2008
Angelina in Louisiana maintains one of the most interesting, thought provoking, and helpful blogs for a classical educator, especially a home schooler, which is, of course, where the freedom to experiment and explore hides out. Take a look at her Permanent Things.
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Andrew Kern Nov 7, 2008
This week, across this marvelous country of ours that is eternally stuck in the world as it actually is, many Christian schools were surprised by a tension they should have been prepared for. The reactionary and apocalyptic nature of much Christian education and culture has so convinced Christian kids that the Obama election was a disaster that they are praying publicly that God will have mercy on us and protect us from this great danger.
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Andrew Kern Nov 6, 2008

I'm introducing a new feature at the Quiddity blog. I want Presdient-elect Obama to succeed and I fear that his friends might make it a whole lot harder for him. So I'm keeping an eye out for Messianic language and exagerrated claims or expectations that he can't possibly live up to. The flip side is the exagerrated claims about the world Mr. Obama is serving. I call this the:

Overstatement Watch (entry one):

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Andrew Kern Nov 5, 2008
Great speech by President-elect Obama.
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Andrew Kern Nov 5, 2008
I hope you have seen the acceptance and concession speeches. McCain's made me teary eyed with appreciation. Both of them are excellent speeches. We really are sitting on the edge of history, one way or the other.
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Andrew Kern Nov 4, 2008
Visiting professor, Phil Busse, has resigned from St. Olaf's college after stealing McCain signs off people's lawns, boasting about it in the locker room, er, I mean his blog, and getting caught by the administration. Apparently, he can't tell the difference between an adolescent thrill and a political act. Yes, I'm nervous about America. "Yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single-most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done."
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Andrew Kern Nov 4, 2008
There is only one God and He has not been doing terribly well in the opinion polls lately. On a day like this, when more Americans than ever are going to the polls, that matters, though I recognize the difference between an election poll and an opinion poll.
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Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2008
We experience the joy of learning in those moments when a conundrum is resolved, when an unanswered question finds its solution, when we move from ignorance to knowledge or from confusion to clarity. Sometimes the moments are quite simple, like when we learned what 4+2 was as little children or when we learned why leaves turn red in the fall.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2008
I've become a little bit obsessed with the idea of attentiveness lately because it's becoming increasingly clear that we learn everything by imitation. But we can only imitate what we perceive and we can only perceive it when we attend to it. So here's the first thing about attention: it arises from questions. What you notice you notice because it answered your questions. Therefore, the quality of your attention/perception depends on the quality of your questions.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2008
What's happening in the economy? I believe we are seeing the unravelling of an artificial economy that is being filtered down to the real economy that underlies it. Nobody knows where the real economy is, so there is no way to know how much farther the chaos has to go. What do I mean by the real economy vs. the artificial economy? The real economy is predicated on real values - actual assets that underlie wealth. The artificial economy is a confidence game. It takes the core economic reality, that the value of an object is determined by how others perceive it, and separate the two items.
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