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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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2008
Nearly every day I receive another notice or article about the struggles to build a science curriculum that meets the need of the day to produce scientists to keep the economy moving, to cure diseases, and to stay ahead of the enemy technologically. And no wonder: the power of science to solve physical problems has proven to be something on the order of unbelievable. Sometimes a religious disposition to revere God can lead to a relaxed appreciation for what people do, but this lacks wisdom. As we love God by loving our neighbor, so we revere God by respecting His image.
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Andrew Kern Apr 14, 2008
Sometimes we don't realize what is most practical in a given situation. For example, the CiRCE conference theme this summer is humor. I don't know how many people have done research on the necessity of humor in the life of a school, but I suspect scarcity defines the number. And yet... And yet. How many headmasters have have survived without a sense of humor? How many 2nd grade teachers can get from one day to the next without taking the time out to laugh? How many middle school teachers - do I even need to complete this thought?
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Andrew Kern Apr 10, 2008
By the time a child turns 15 or so he has formed a very strong sense of his ideals. In fact, the foundation of those ideals was laid 15 years earlier. Some children become so confused over their early ideals (by experience, hypocricy, etc.) that they have become cynical by the teen years. Regrettably, that happens a lot in our age and part of the reason for that is the sentimental, painless lies that our children are fed through Barney, Veggie Tales and other manipulative forms of pre-K child-care.
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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008

The motto of the Fox News Channel is “We Report.  You Decide.”  The idea behind the statement is that they are attempting to report the news without bias or prior interpretation.  They are claiming objectivity, in the sense of being “without bias or prejudice; detached.”  Of course, claims to objectivity are numerous, extending to nearly every side of every debate, whether political, theological, etc. 

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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008
Chesterton argued that it did not. Consider this, published in Gilbert magazine.
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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008
Since a poem has the four qualtities identified and haltingly addressed in this post: it's music, its imagery, its logos, and its unspeakable quality that I've reluctantly and insultingly reduced to its connotations, we can develop a strategy when we approach a poem that is consistent with the nature of poetry. We don't need to become mathematicians, looking for precise and certain knowledge, but we also don't need to become unbelievers, believing there is nothing to look at.
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