Andrew Kern Nov 24, 2007
James Taylor argues in Poetic Knowledge that kids need to spend time outside. So bad have things become that The Charlotte Observer wrote an article about parents who try to spend time outside with their kids. This article underscores the real reason education is dying in America.
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Andrew Kern Nov 14, 2007
Not everybody should read the ancient pagan writers, only those who want to be educated.
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Andrew Kern Nov 13, 2007
At least one of the goals of eduacation must be to understand. That seems self-evident to me - bound up in the act of education itself. So I'm always intrigued and part of me is always puzzled by the antipathy among educators and parents for reading and thinking about profound and compelling ideas. American society seems to have a self-deluding concept of itself as being very practical. It's hard to accept that when you read about how much time is spent watching television, playing video games, and piling up debt. In fact, American society is quite driven by immediacy.
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Andrew Kern Nov 12, 2007
When a school determines to become a college preparatory school, it has two options. It can either think about the kind of college it is preparing its students for or it can become a silly little meaningless school that has no identity of its own and neglects its duties to its students. Of course, it will more likely end up somewhere in between, with some serious college prap activity and some silly, meaningless trascript worshipping, gutless activity.
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Andrew Kern Nov 10, 2007
Continuing my fall garden prep, I was out this morning on one of those Sweater Wearing Days that remind you of childwood walks in the woods and play in the dirt. I felt that energy of childhood surge in me - you know, that desire to be covered from head to toe in dirt!
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Andrew Kern Nov 9, 2007
Neither Shakespeare nor Homer has an importance bestowed by literature professors and their universities. The true bestowal flows entirely in the other direction. What professors of literature can rightly bestow is honor, because meaningful praise has to come from those who know the excellence of things.
Why Literature Matters, Glenn Arbery
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Andrew Kern Nov 9, 2007
Continuing this theme and wishing I had more time to go into it, here is the third of Berry's "Good Solutions": "A good solution improves the balances, symmetries, or harmonies within a pattern--it is a qualitative solution--rather than enlarging or complicating some part of a pattern at the expense or in neglect of the rest."
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Andrew Kern Nov 8, 2007
Bryan Smith presented some ideas on the importance of memory at the conference last summer. His talk was called Training the Inward Eye, and in it he showed how important memorizing good literature and rich texts is. Dr. Smith is one of those people with a deep learning that he politely veils for us so as not to create a barrier, but that shines out from time to time.
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Andrew Kern Nov 7, 2007
The streets of the broken city bring in the vogue of the revolutionary --another kind of politician, another slogan-sayer, ready to level the world with a little truth. Those who wait to change until a crowd agrees with their opinions will never change. Farming: A Handbook. Poems by Wendell Berry
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Andrew Kern Nov 7, 2007
"Given that 48 states require principals to be certified in educational administration, the disappointing state of principal preparation is disturbing news." The Accidental Principal, Hess and Kelly This article, from Education Next, underscores the insolubility of the problem with American education. States pass laws that they cannot possibly oversee. Schools line up to advertise how effectively they meet the laws.
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