In the same way the priest repairs behind the iconostasis to consecrate the bread and wine, so a celebrant of the birthday party repairs to the kitchen to consecrate the cake. The cake is ritually transformed into the body of the birthday boy or birthday girl through the lighting of candles. For every year the birthday boy has lived, one candle is lit. When all the candles are lit, the cake has become an icon of the birthday boy. The celebrant then ritually processes out from behind the iconostasis/kitchen toward the congregation of the party.
A great deal is made of "critical thinking" in the general background noise of our culture, especially when people talk about education and what kids aren't getting.
I got thinking about that while I was listening closely to a John Denver song on my way in to work this morning. Being a John Denver song it was filled with lofty ideals and longing and very little connection to the real world where decisions are made and have consequences.
This one was about children and the chorus goes:
Student: Why do you let your kids read Harry Potter books?
Gibbs: Why not?
Student: St. Augustine would not have let his kids read books which made wizards out to be heroes. He would have burned those books just like the Ephesian Christians burned their books of magic in Acts 19.
Gibbs: Finally! A good argument against the Harry Potter series.
Student: What do you mean, “Finally”?
That’s it, people. It is summer. Finally. We are done with the school year!
Facebook is full of last day of school pics and videos of kids jumping into the pool for the first time this season. Grills have had the spring pollen dusted off and are being put to perpetual use. Burgers, chlorine, cut grass, and sunscreen are now the scents of summertime. There are parties and graduation ceremonies, and countless homeschool moms have collapsed onto the floor, saying, “We did it.”
The formal structure of reality, the foundation on which everything is based, enables you to think more clearly about anything.
In every experience, moral, artistic, athletic, philosophical, even spiritual, there are three participants:
The actor, artist, or producer
The audience, viewer, or percipient (i.e., one who perceives with his senses)
The action, object, or artifact
Neither of these three is the master of the experience, none is the standard by which the experience is measured.
Every lesson we teach embodies a theory of authority:
- About the teacher's authority
- About the lesson's authority
- About the student's authority
- About what authority itself is
The purpose of what I can consider "a true lesson" is to give authority to the person learning it.
The essence of a lesson is, therefore, the handing on of authority from a magister (teacher) or auctoritas (author, authority) to the discipulus (learner, disciple).
The CiRCE Institute cordially invites you to a 4th of July Extravaganza Old-time Family Picnic! Join us for good food, a bounce house, kids games, kid-friendly fireworks, a bonfire, and much more.
When: Saturday, July 6th, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Where: Hardin Farm, 4501 Gold Hill Road, Concord NC, 28025
To RSVP click here.
There is no set cost. Pay what you can, if you can. No pressure. Just come and have a good time if you can't afford to pay.
A dialogue between a manager at Food Country and a seventeen year old boy who has applied for a job.
Food Country Manager: Sorry, but based on the way your tests came back, I cannot offer you a job.
Kid: Why not? I couldn’t have failed the drug test.
FCM: Your drug test was fine, but your light scan came back hot.
Kid: My light scan?
FCM: The retina scan they did after you peed in the cup.
Kid: Yeah, what was that about?
Like most practical and common-sense claims, my thesis is also a little offensive: In the classroom, teachers should dress like teachers.
Reflexively, the reply comes: But who gets to say what a teacher looks like?
Technology dominates our lives. Most of us walk about carrying supercomputers with more processing power than NASA had for the Apollo 11 mission. These labor-saving devices promise freedom, but we are more enslaved than ever. Eliminating communication barriers means that we may be interrupted at any moment by a call or text. Constantly dinging notifications (real or imagined!) trigger a Pavlovian response to glance at our screen. The time saved by our devices is quickly devoured as we consume the hours on social media trivialities.