Andrew Kern Aug 18, 2008
I'm frequently asked what fits the title of this post. When I answer, people usually don't believe I'm serious, but I'll tell you my opinion anyway. The best books on education are The Bible, Plato's Republic, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Dante's Divine Comedy. Unquestionably the worst ever is Rousseau's Emile.
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Andrew Kern Aug 17, 2008
Read this on ESPN's Page 2 today:
The EPA reduced the value of a human life, used to determine the cost-effectiveness of regulations, from $8.04 million to $7.22 million. In the spirit of this absurd pseudo-precision, you are now worth 10.199004 percent less than a year ago.
This is how our government agencies make decisions.
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Andrew Kern Aug 6, 2008
One thing stood out for me at our conference this year: that education without grace - that human society without grace, cannot be free or healthy. If education excludes religious discourse, then it cannot include the grace of God as an energizing factor. Yet American education is trying to build a perfect society. Consider what this means: My goal is to build a great society. I am going to use education to form the sort of people I want this great society to be filled with. Then how will I form them? I can provide information that will make them know the things I want them to know. 
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Andrew Kern Jul 31, 2008

As many of you know, the annual CiRCE conference was last week and was quite a success.  All in attendance enjoyed informative and challenging speakers, delicious food, and gracious hosting by all of the sponsors.  All in attendance also experienced a taste of what I would call “book glut.”

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Andrew Kern Jul 21, 2008

The reason for the growth of bureaucracy in American life is a loss of confidence in the spirit of God, al loss of confidence in human dignity, a turning to law from grace. This is a rather obvious historical development that can’t be discussed because we are now a secular nation.  

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Andrew Kern Jul 19, 2008
From Diane Ravitch's Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms (essential reading for anybody who wants to understand American education - and that must include teachers! Doesn't it?):
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Andrew Kern Jul 19, 2008
The decline of American education is directly correlated to the rise, expansion, and application of scientific management theory in education and the ever expanding controls placed on education by the "experts." Scientific management theory arises in the context of an economic utopianism that finds its clearest expression in education in progressive theories. This economic utopianism raises the question of whether education and democratic nationalism are compatible.
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Andrew Kern Jul 12, 2008
The annual CiRCE Conference is coming up in just a couple of weeks (July 24-26) and every year many teachers, administrators, and homeschooling parents go to conferences, not just ours, in hopes of becoming better - better teachers, better mentors, better parents, better people.  But those kinds of lofty goals are not accomplished by attending some workshops and taking feverish notes over the course of three days.  O, to God, that it were that simple!  If only sanctification could be accomplished in a workshop!
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Andrew Kern Jul 9, 2008

I recently met a young man who has been involved in Christian classical education for a few years. One year his school decided not to attend a summer conference because it would not be cost effective. What happened, though, was that the teachers and leaders felt isolated.

 

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Andrew Kern Jul 9, 2008
My biggest fear is not failure but successful irrelevance.
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