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
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.