A little over one year ago, I became blessed and immersed into fatherhood. From what I have been told, it is always this way – overwhelmed by joy and terror, hope and responsibility. The thought of all I must teach and instill in my daughter regularly traipses across my mind. Yet, in the midst of my often weighty musings on this subject, I have come to notice that she is quite a teacher herself. So, while reflecting on her firs
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