Of Apples and Arsenic: Classical vs. Progressive Education

By |2019-09-25T22:04:50-05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The classical Christian educator and the progressive educator have radically different ideas of education. The two camps have virtually no real common ground concerning education’s means and ends—and the difference between the two is the difference between apples and arsenic. If we reminisce about the days when PBS aired the Anthology documentary on The Beatles, [...]

Two Kinds of Education

By |2019-09-10T16:34:13-05:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

We ought to discern the truth about our modern schools, remove our children from their ravages, and turn to the building of homeschooling communities and to involvement in classical charter schools. It is the only reasonable response to our modern schools, which have become unreasonable and morally irresponsible. As parents bring school age children into [...]

The Problem of Language and Our Schools

By |2018-10-25T23:06:38-05:00March 9th, 2018|Categories: Education, Featured, Language, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The word “education” itself has become a political symbol co-opted by a secular government to mean career and college training for the sake of a mechanized society. A theoretical and conceptual recovery of the word “education” would be a return to the notion that an education is the transmission of culture and the way in [...]

Do We Need New Gender Pronouns?

By |2021-04-28T11:11:42-05:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy, Sexuality, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

In politics, compromise and consensus may have to suffice, but in academia, it is absurd to let consensus, identity politics, subjective self-reference, or anything else supersede truth. A prominent professor of linguistics publically taught the party line on gender pronouns. It is not necessary to name the semi-famous professor because even though it is absurd, [...]

Understanding the Human Person: Science, Faith, & Reason

By |2018-12-26T15:20:16-06:00May 20th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Homosexual Unions, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The empirical sciences are fantastic for discovering many things, but intellectual and moral truths are not among them. We must turn instead to the principles of philosophy and ethics, deduced from the objective moral standard of truth, to discover the answer to the questions about how we ought to live… The modern world is steeped [...]

Bill Nye and His Marchers for Pseudo-Science

By |2017-05-14T09:23:57-05:00May 9th, 2017|Categories: Ethics, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Theology|

True science is a great thing, for it honors God’s gifts to us, not the least of which is the intellect. Bill Nye and the Marchers for Science, however, are not really promoting science, but a utopian political ideology… In a public spectacle reminiscent of an episode of The Twilight Zone, on this past “Earth [...]

The Death of Grammar & The End of Education

By |2019-06-17T15:19:48-05:00April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Timeless Essays|

In the educational world today, we ask the wrong question about how students are to become educated. Instead of asking what they should do, we should ask how students ought to be… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg as he explores how the abandoning of [...]

The “Pro-Choice” Delusion

By |2020-03-02T20:37:36-06:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Abortion, Barack Obama, Catholicism, Culture War, St. Thomas Aquinas, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Our moral duty to protect innocent life is the bedrock of civilization and the founding principle of this Great American Experiment... The root of the despotism of this age is clearly the corruption and abuse of language. The mind-molders in the ivory towers falsely insist that language is man-made and so invented for personal and subjective use. [...]

Born That Way? The Evolution of Humanity, Sex, & Gender

By |2016-04-21T21:33:12-05:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Existence of God, Modernity, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Truth, Western Civilization|

Nothing is so senseless that some person will not profess it. To cling to the greatest absurdities, indeed, has customarily been reserved for those with higher degrees in education. But today, the common man can believe in the most ridiculous things too, for he has been convinced of his great knowledge by the self-esteem lessons he has been [...]

C.S. Lewis on Modern Man

By |2019-06-04T16:02:32-05:00December 29th, 2015|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Education, Featured, Modernity, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

We are still spirited in the West, but the modern spirit is based on egoistic ambition and self-referencing subjectivism. A spirit of relativism today leads us into the desert of self-determination, where we are encouraged to build our own castles on shifting sands. Our grip on revealed truth about the ontological realities of God the [...]

Escaping Plato’s Cave: The Quest for True Literacy

By |2018-12-18T17:45:42-06:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Featured, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Literature, Plato, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

There is exponentially more to literacy than what meets the eye. The distinction between material and formal literacy does not indicate movement on a linear graph, but an organic three-dimensional expansion of intellectual apprehension into previously undiscovered realms. The claims believers make about materially undiscoverable countries and the transcendent origin of language evokes ire and [...]

Are We Living in an Illiterate Age?

By |2015-11-17T18:57:18-06:00October 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 their [...]

The Death of Grammar and the End of Education

By |2018-12-21T14:21:06-06:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: Education, Featured, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The modern system of public education has been, for the most part, a miserable failure. Our current educational crisis has been eroding the moral and intellectual fabric of the American Experiment for too many generations to count. Yet the occupiers of the Ivory Towers openly aver that our public schools are doing a fantastic job, [...]

Is the Culture War a Lost Cause?

By |2015-07-17T15:50:08-05:00July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Culture War, Featured, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

We finally find ourselves past the point of no return concerning a virtuous republic. We have been vanquished by the moral and intellectual errors following the demise of authentic theology and philosophy, whose peak was in the high Middle Ages. The skein of moral and intellectual confusion spanning the centuries has become a Gordian knot [...]

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