Andrew Kern Aug 28, 2007

At the heart of the Christian classical curriculum and methodology is the presentation of living ideas. The soul feeds on ideas, and its health is determined by the quality of those ideas and the life found in them.

When we teach children about butterflies, we do not begin by showing them dead butterflies pinned to a board. We show them living butterflies in their natural environment.

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Andrew Kern Aug 28, 2007
You hear a lot about Tertullian's outcry: "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" Less commonly heard are these words from Clement of Alexandria, perhaps because, like Tertullian, Clement went to some extremes. Like Tertullian. Anyway:
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Andrew Kern Aug 27, 2007
In II Corinthians 10:12, St. Paul offers a pointed critique of the sophists who were maneuvering to undercut his authority. He says:
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themsleves among themselves, are not wise.
Is this not a critique of conventional education? Do we not seek our validation by comparing ourselves to each other, and ranking ourselves against each other, to determine where we fall out in the order of society.
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Andrew Kern Aug 26, 2007
She was up on the latest before most people even knew the lastest was up! Wisdom like Charlotte Mason's is our only hope as we progress into a biotechnological future.
There is no more interesting subject of inquiry open just now than that of the interaction between the thoughts of the mind and the configuration of the brain. The fair conclusion appears to be that each is greatly the cause of the other; that the character of the persistent thoughts actually shapes the cerebrum, while on the configuration of this organ depends in turn the manner of thoughts we think.
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Andrew Kern Aug 24, 2007
An acquaintance is a freshman in college this year and I have begun to receive, indirectly, reports from the front. The most disturbing so far was when this acquaintance, a girl, spent one of her first nights afraid to leave her room even to go to the bathroom because her roommates had brought some subhumans in who despised the divine image and were doing everything they could to prove they didn't have one including treating the other girls like beasts in heat and copulating with them noisily till somewhere between late and early.
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Andrew Kern Aug 24, 2007

When you are done the corpse must be alive. Lit provides models/types of the virtues in three ways: characters, writers, and texts. The protagonist will almost always model a virtue. The writer might be virtuous in his lifestyle or writing disciplines. The text itself is virtuous if its form and content fulfill the law of propriety.

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Andrew Kern Aug 24, 2007
I'd better mention that the Lost Tools of Writing has been placed on a Back To School sale price. If you buy all the parts separately, it is only $147 for teacher guide, module guides, CD's, and student workbook. If you buy them all together we lower the price to only $127. But for THIS WEEK ONLY, you can purchase the entire set for only $97.00.
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Andrew Kern Aug 22, 2007
Or rather, JK Rowling. Let me state this horribly controversial point to begin with: The Harry Potter series is very good, but not perfect.
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Andrew Kern Aug 21, 2007

John Milton Gregory wrote a book for Sunday school teachers toward the end of the 19th century that was disinterred by the folks up at Logos School. While his approach is overly scientific for my tastes and tends to be modernist in its assumptions about thinking, Gregory's book is enormously useful when we want to analyze our instruction or that of another. In it, Gregory summarizes the seven laws of teaching as follows:

  1. A teacher must be one who KNOWS the lesson or truth to be taught.

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Andrew Kern Aug 20, 2007
The central principle of classroom or home discipline must be seen to be the relationship between teacher/parent and child and the central principle of this relationship must be seen to be respect. We live for honor and we will do nearly anything for a smile. So smile.  Charlotte Mason again: "A child cannot bear estrangement, disapproval; he must needs live in the light of a countenance smiling upon him." Formation of Character, p. 14.
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