How Should Classical Schools Teach STEM?

By |2018-10-23T13:06:18-05:00June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Liberal Learning, Mathematics, Science, Technology|

Trying to put science in a classical paradigm is putting new wine into old wineskins. Modern science just does not easily fit into a classical paradigm… STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, is the newest acronym for what is considered a great education, and it often leads to a satisfying and financially rewarding [...]

Are We Living in an Illiterate Age?

By |2015-11-17T18:57:18-05:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: Common Core Curriculum, Education, Featured, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Literature, Plato, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Many mistakenly believe this is a literate age. But in reality there is a literacy crisis the world over. The vast majority of people are in possession of literacy skills that constitute the mere shadow of true literacy. As a people, we are no longer able to detect the tones of reality or perceive [...]

The Common Core and Chicken Little

By |2014-06-26T14:17:42-05:00February 21st, 2014|Categories: Classical Education, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

The present article is a reply to the recent piece in these pages by Timothy Gordon and Stephen Jonathan Rummelsburg, which in turn was a response to an article by Dr. Kevin Brady and me, again in The Imaginative Conservative. I speak here for myself, leaving my co-author to file his own reply if [...]

The End of Education

By |2016-02-12T15:28:14-05:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce|

“The one thing that is never taught by any chance in the atmosphere of public schools,” wrote G. K. Chesterton, “is…that there is a whole truth of things, and that in knowing it and speaking it we are happy.”[1] Such words would be greeted with calculated coldness by the architects of the common core curriculum, [...]

Common Core: A Straw House for Straw Men

By |2014-02-12T09:25:38-05:00February 12th, 2014|Categories: Common Core Curriculum, Education, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|Tags: |

by Timothy Gordon and Stephen Jonathan Rummelsburg Mr. Stephen Klugewicz and Mr. Kevin Brady surprised us in their Imaginative Conservative article last week by affixing the epithet “straw men” to arguments against the Common Core’s increasingly centralized approach to education. Precisely speaking, arguments for or against the Common Core doubtless employ at least a [...]

Peonage for the Twenty-First Century

By |2018-12-26T14:20:01-05:00February 2nd, 2014|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Classical Education, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Featured|Tags: |

A young man and woman arrive at the office of the town clerk to procure a marriage license. They’re all smiles, until the secretary hands them a document to sign, wherein they read this remarkable sentence: “The State, conceding to the parents the making of their children’s bodies, asserts its primacy in the making [...]

Common Core’s Substandard Writing Standards

By |2016-07-26T15:21:20-05:00November 21st, 2013|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Featured, History, Literature|Tags: |

I’ve donned my boots and leggings, and done what I had no desire to do. I am examining, with tedious scrutiny, the so-called Common Core Curriculum for literature and English, a new’n’improved set of standards for reading and writing in our schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade. I have read the essays, written by students, [...]