Andrew Kern May 15, 2008

 

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? 

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Andrew Kern May 14, 2008
Not only the child and his knowledge are reduced by Progressivism. So are what we used to call virtues. Nietzsche reduced virtues to values to underscore his theory that we all have our own values which are dynamic and relative. No adult has the right to impose values on a child because values themselves are unstable. What you claim to value may be exposed by experience as a sham. What you do value may be altered by experience.
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Andrew Kern May 14, 2008
For the Progressive theorist, education is one great, extended experiment for which society is bound to pay. Here in America the progressive experiments (it would not be just to call it a single experiment) have continued for nearly 100 years, during which the inevitable resistance and the internal contradictions of progressive theory have convinced many that the assumptions of Progressive education need to be re-examined.
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Andrew Kern May 12, 2008

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. 

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Andrew Kern May 11, 2008
Five ideas that distingiuish Classical education from conventional:
  1. A unifying principle that orders all learning, thus an integrated, proportioned course of learning
  2. Recognition of the transforming power of ideas, thus an emphasis on training students to contemplate ideas rather than merely retain content or master processes
  3. Virtue as the end of education, rather than mere application, thus a concerted and rigorous effort to cultiavate every human faculty in every student
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Andrew Kern May 8, 2008

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. 

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Andrew Kern May 1, 2008

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

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Andrew Kern Apr 17, 2008
My son David at Beside the Queue directs us to Jeffrey Overstreet who points us to Youtube to get us asking the great question: This is hysterical.  
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Andrew Kern Apr 17, 2008
If you are hired to write speeches by the Vice President of these United States, you can write speeches. You can imagine, therefore, why my attention was aroused when I discovered an interview of Daniel Pink (speechwriter to Al Gore) by Tim Ferriss (author of The Four Hour Work Week).
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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2008
This is part two of this post. In that post, I argued that the reason we aren't producing the scientists we need is fundamentally because we are teaching science incorrectly: we are teaching the class without the tools, which are the seven liberal arts. Well, it's time for me to fulfill my duty and offer some suggestions about what we can do, so here I go (and please note that these are meant to be thought about and challenged - the unexamined thought is not worth thinking).
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