In the world of higher academia, the old adage “publish or perish” is a guiding principle (even if somewhat stereotypical and exaggerated). Why the emphasis on publishing?
Brightest Heaven of Invention, a book by Dr. Peter Leithart, was composed as a guide through some of Shakespeare’s greatest writings. The book was quite insightful in its treatment of Shakespeare, but I found Leithart’s preliminary comments about the importance of literature even more helpful.
- A unifying principle that orders all learning, thus an integrated, proportioned course of learning
- Recognition of the transforming power of ideas, thus an emphasis on training students to contemplate ideas rather than merely retain content or master processes
- Virtue as the end of education, rather than mere application, thus a concerted and rigorous effort to cultiavate every human faculty in every student
Things are different now. You are stricken with a strange fever and so are your students. Oddly, the news fills you all with both dread and exhilaration. Dread, because there is so much to be done before the end comes. Exhilaration because of what awaits you on the other side.
A Protestant guy, a Catholic guy, and an Orthodox guy all sit down to dinner. No, it’s not the beginning of a religious joke, it actually happened to me on Sunday. My wife and I have some wonderful friends who are Orthodox Christians and we were invited over by this gracious family to celebrate Pascha (or the “real Easter” as they call it) this past Sunday. They even had us over to celebrate our own “schismatic Easter” a couple of weeks ago, which, now tha