A Worthy Chase: Pursuing an Ideal Education

By |2021-04-18T21:19:06-05:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Books, Classical Learning, E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Eva Brann’s latest book, “Pursuits of Happiness,” is a collection of essays which range from Aeschylus to Austen, with topics spanning the nature of time itself to Sacred Scripture. Interspersed here are two parts constituting the whole of an ideal education. Pursuits of Happiness: On Being Interested by Eva Brann (640 pages, Paul Dry Books, [...]

Zoom, the Pandemic, & the Death of Sacred Spaces

By |2021-04-15T12:32:24-05:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Education, Science, Technology|

When the pandemic separated us from our sacred spaces like the church or other communal places, Zoom promised connection. However, Zoom—as a medium of education and relationship—prevents us from truly connecting because of technology’s nature to divide, distract, and isolate. But when it came to the subject of letters, Theuth said, ‘But this study, King [...]

Fields of Culture

By |2021-04-16T12:50:03-05:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Community, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

The culture of a real community like that of college isn’t simply a matter of texts and discussions of ideas, but of live emotion and thought, real presence to each other, a continuous awareness and exchange that locates each person in the larger community. Yesterday afternoon, during one of our regular meetings with the freshman [...]

“The Karate Kid” & the Merits of Authority-Based Discipleship

By |2021-04-16T10:56:48-05:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Education, Film, Liberal Learning|

In the 1984 film “The Karate Kid,” Mr. Miyagi’s teaching method may seem scandalous to Western eyes: Either Daniel does things his way, or not at all. The wise mentor refuses to reveal to Daniel the reason for his menial exercises. But it is precisely the virtue of submission and obedience that is essential for [...]

Teaching Dante

By |2021-04-07T11:37:17-05:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Dante, Education, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is often taught poorly, if even taught at all. At the root of the problem is the tendency to remain trapped in hell, never venturing forth into purgatory and paradise. This is a consequence of the way that Dante has been taught for decades—indeed, for centuries. Lovers of the Great Books argue [...]

Keep Computers Out of Kindergarten

By |2021-03-23T16:38:19-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Science, Technology|

Although personal computers in the high school classroom were becoming a norm before COVID, the pandemic accelerated the process and forced the rest of K-12 to adopt them. By all means, introduce computers in middle school and teach computer technology in high school, but keep them out of elementary schools. Of the many bizarre responses [...]

The Legacy of John Senior

By |2021-03-12T10:02:49-06:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Education, Humanities, John Senior, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors|

At the heart of John Senior’s vision for the humanities was a Thomistic understanding of the path of true perception. St. Thomas taught that humility opens the eyes of wonder, and that it is wonder that leads to contemplation and to the dilation of the mind and soul into the fullness of the presence of [...]

Is Equality a Positive Good?

By |2021-03-23T16:31:07-05:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Declaration of Independence, E.B., Equality, Eva Brann, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

Fairness is an acknowledgement of just desserts, and therefore implies equality in dealings with similarly entitled partners. So it is indeed equality adjusted to circumstances that I desire. Thus there is an intimation that equality will come into play when justice is administered communally. Regarding the title: 1. The question mark expresses a genuine perplexity [...]

In the Beginning Are the Words: Language & Liberty

By |2021-03-05T16:27:42-06:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Language, Liberal Learning, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Unlike the possession of many things, which may prove perilous to the mind and the soul, the possession of more words only makes us richer. The wealth that words bestow upon us is the power to better understand who we are and where we fit into the wider scheme of things: our purpose and our [...]

Can’t Read, Won’t Read: Shakespeare in the Public Schools

By |2021-03-03T12:58:24-06:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Education, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors, William Shakespeare|

One thing that is abundantly evident from the demands for the cancellation of Shakespeare in public schools is that none of those demanding his removal from the curriculum have been able to read or understand his work. Had they been able to do so, they would know that Shakespeare’s plays show us relevant, perennial truths. [...]

Reviving the Liberal Arts in the Age of Cancel Culture

By |2021-03-03T16:25:40-06:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|

The disappearance of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum has contributed to the decline of the free exchange of ideas on college and university campuses today. Renewing the study of the liberal arts is essential to resolving the free speech crisis and forming well-rounded citizens who are prepared to serve their communities, families, and country. Over [...]

Will They Come for the Homeschoolers?

By |2021-03-03T09:18:05-06:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Education, Homeschooling|

As our society becomes increasingly religiously unaffiliated, the voices contending that traditional Christian teachings on sexuality and gender are inherently oppressive, and even abusive, will get louder. Perhaps I was wrong. Just a few weeks ago, right after the presidential inauguration, one of my wife’s close friends, another parent in our homeschooling co-op, expressed her [...]

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