Andrew Kern Feb 1, 2008
George Carlin is occasionally funny, is above average in his intelligence, and falls far short of anything we can call civilized. In short, he's a lot like the baby boomers and makes a fairly good spokesman for the more tribal of them.
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Andrew Kern Jan 31, 2008
If we believed in the absolute reality of elementary moral platitudes, we should value those who solicit our votes by other standards than have recently been in fashion. While we believe that good is somehting to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as 'vision', 'dynamism', 'creativity', and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial -- virtue, knowledge, diligence, and skill. 'Vision' is for sale, or claims to be for sale, everywhere.
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Andrew Kern Jan 31, 2008
Correct thinking will not make good men of bad ones; but a purely theoretical error may remove ordinary checks to evil and deprive good intentions of their natural support. An error of this sort is abroad at present... I am referring to Subjectivism.
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Andrew Kern Jan 31, 2008
"I would, therefore, have a father conceive the highest hopes of his son from the moment of his birth. If he does so, he will be more careful about the groundwork of his education."      Quintilian, Institutio Oratio, I, I 
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Andrew Kern Jan 30, 2008
In an earlier lengthy post, I pointed to an essay by Dewey as the fulcrum on which education has been moved. The Christian classical tradition, to summarize, is about embodied ideas and incarnate words. In Dewey, the idea is nothing. While the Christian classical tradition emphasized contemplation of ideas as embodied in great works of art and literature, Dewey and pragmatism emphasize experience, production, and the creation of new values.
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Andrew Kern Jan 29, 2008
A textbook and a text are two very different things. A textbook is a collection of texts, most of which are abridged, combined in a single binding and usually with the comments of the editor woven throughout. A text, generally speaking, is an individual artifact that stands on its own as a work of art in its integrity. Very few texts or lessons survive the assault of the textbook.
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Andrew Kern Jan 22, 2008
"A good solution solves more than one problem, and it does not make new problems." Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land
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Andrew Kern Jan 19, 2008
If you love Christian classical education, you need to see this video from Grace Classical Academy: "Love and laughter is a big part of their day."
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Andrew Kern Jan 19, 2008
“There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” Ludwig Von Mises (the prince of the Austrian Economists) Seems like a quote worth pondering when Citibank writes off 18 billion and Merrill writes off another 14 billion. If you can get out of debt, do so.
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Andrew Kern Jan 18, 2008
Cheryl Lowe has strong opinions about how math needs to be taught and, unlike so many in the so-called math wars, hers are grounded in her experiences of learning and teaching math. She discusses the history of these math wars and her view on how math should be taught and how it has long been taught in a CD I was listening to this morning called What The Trivium Teaches About Teaching Math.
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