What Is Patriotic Education?

By |2020-10-12T09:07:17-05:00October 11th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Education, History, Liberal Learning, Patriotism|

Patriotic education is less about the specific curricular concepts that are featured in American history classes, and more about a philosophical stance that informs our approach, one full of explicit values and assumptions. It involves an audacious faith in America and tells the whole story of our past, which includes the bad with the [...]

The Virtue of Irrelevance

By |2020-10-06T11:53:12-05:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Music, Philosophy, Roger Scruton, Timeless Essays|

If we know what music is, we have a duty to help young people to understand it, regardless of its “relevance.” We should do this as it has always been done, through encouraging our students to make music together. How many writers, educators, and opinion formers, urgently wishing to convey the thoughts and feelings [...]

Is Critical Race Theory Racist?

By |2020-09-30T15:38:27-05:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Community, Education, Equality, Ethnicity|

Critical theory bulldozes all the complexities of history, education, and communities into a world of good guys and bad guys, oppressors and oppressed. And in doing so, it makes it nearly impossible to deal with the actual issues of denied opportunities, prejudiced expectations, and instances of real racism that need to be addressed. Most [...]

Five Defenses of Classical Education in a Time of Civil Unrest

By |2020-09-23T15:11:06-05:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Classical Education, Education, Liberal Learning|

Classical education is in a unique position to acknowledge in humility that every person is a sinner, and that some people and institutions in the West have been monstrously evil. Yet the Western heritage includes that which can never itself be complicit in evil: the true and the good, those inexhaustible resources that set us [...]

Teach for America’s Warriors

By |2020-09-23T14:40:53-05:00September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Education, War|

At a time in our nation’s history when the civil-military divide is widening, a Teach for America's Warriors project would close that gap and restore a more transparent understanding of the military by our civilian counterparts. But more crucially, the unseen needs of our service members’ souls would be addressed in the hopes of an [...]

Memory & Hope: Restoring the Teaching of American History

By |2020-08-31T16:56:46-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Education, History, Hope, Liberalism, Progressivism|

The currently pervading approach to American history presents America in the worst possible light, distorting the full truth of our past and damaging our political health. Our K-12 schools need a restoration of temporal continuity, the key to revitalizing history and civics education that forms young people who both appreciate the gifts of the [...]

John Colet, Catholic Humanist

By |2020-08-25T14:26:21-05:00August 28th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Education, History|

John Colet’s life and learning represent Catholic humanism at its finest. He advocated for such reforms in education as the soundest minds of his day also desired. He knew the value of learning and—unlike more than a few intellectuals—he knew also the limits of its advantages. To play about carelessly with the words “humanist” [...]

Does Classical Education Promote Diversity?

By |2020-08-24T16:47:29-05:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Education, Liberal Learning|

Today we are not inclined to ask who said something, but to ask to which identity group the person who said it belongs. This is profoundly opposed to the spirit of inquiry that classical education proposes to students—a spirit that seeks truth, beauty, and goodness. Though classical learning is gaining steam again in many parts [...]

The Unique Advantages of Latin and Greek

By |2020-08-19T14:02:23-05:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Classical Education, Classics, Education, Intelligence, Language, Liberal Learning, Music|

In order to reap the full rewards of a classical education, schools should prize the classical languages as highly as they do the mathematical arts. The qualitative and the quantitative are essential aspects of human understanding, without which no one may be fully educated. Every rule has a story. Perhaps you have read an [...]

Keeping Asian-Americans in Their Place

By |2020-08-17T16:45:05-05:00August 18th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Education, Joseph Mussomeli, Liberalism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

We should not try to right one historic wrong by committing a new one. After enduring over a century of white racism, now the Asian-American community must cope with a more subtle but just as sinister form of liberal racism: the harsh Orwellian reality that in modern America all minorities are equal, but some [...]

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

By |2020-08-14T16:58:56-05:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Education, Politics|

Too often foundations support particular political causes rather than supporting the even greater need for a citizenry schooled in the Constitution. But if we really want to make a difference in our nation, I suggest funding courses on the Constitution and the Founding documents in every high school, college, and university in the country. [...]

Why Academics Should Consider Classical Education

By |2020-08-12T15:22:45-05:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Education, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Modernity|

Academics who are interested in understanding the world in which we live, producing good citizens, and thinking beyond their own disciplinary cage should reconsider throwing all their eggs in the university basket and give serious attention to the possibility of taking up a post in an institution of classical learning. Prior to the pandemic, [...]

From My Cold Dead Fingers: Books and Movies for Civilization

By |2020-08-10T15:45:43-05:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Culture War, David Deavel, Education, History, Politics, Senior Contributors, Technology, Western Civilization|

The battle for civilization requires knowledge of what is at its roots. Our digital culture is good for providing access, though of a precarious kind, to such knowledge. The battle also requires, however, habits of reading, listening, watching, thinking, and reflecting that are cultivated best in a non-digital environment. We are in a cold [...]

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