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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Andrew Kern Nov 6, 2007
Thomas Sowell comments on college admissions: "one of the tragic misconceptions of many students and their parents is that you have to go to a prestigious, big-name academic institution to really get ahead and reach the top.....Stop and think: What is an academic institution's prestige based on? Academic prestige is based mostly on the research achievements of the faculty."
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Andrew Kern Nov 2, 2007
Last Tuesday night I got involved in a discussion on why Christians are uncomfortable with pagan literature and how to deal with that problem. Then we ran out of time. Next Tuesday we'll be renewing that discussion on the Pluto and Plato Radio show/teleconference. I hope you can be there because this is an important issue and I want to be able to answer your questions instead of just spouting ideas like a whale lolling on the ocean. Click here for information.
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Andrew Kern Nov 2, 2007
Contrary to the common assumption, desire does not always arise from lack... Christian desire is then triply comic since there are desirable goods that come only by giving--certain possessions, as Augustine said, that are only possessed by dispossession. Fulfillment of desire is in these cases comically enhanced by the opportunity to extend and enhance fulfillment of desire in others.
Peter Leithart, Deep Comedy So saying, Dr. Leithart provides a hint to our summer conference theme: A Contemplation of Humor: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Education.
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