The Two Worldviews

By |2014-07-16T10:24:48-05:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: St. Augustine, St. John Paul II, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Merriam-Webster vacantly tells us that a worldview is “the way someone thinks about the world.” By this vapid standard there are seven billion worldviews. The squishy definition matches the convictions of our teachers and mind-molders who choose to stand militantly against taking a stand in this brave new age. Millions of school-age children are [...]

Are you Happy?

By |2014-06-24T08:26:48-05:00June 24th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Happiness, Modernity, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

“The Pursuit of Happiness.” It is an indelible line signaling one of the three inalienable rights identified by the Founding Fathers when they framed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It echoes down the generations of American society in ever distorted waves. In this land, the very definition of happiness is now almost universally [...]

On the Idolatry of Letters

By |2015-08-13T22:57:53-05:00June 4th, 2014|Categories: Education, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The written word has become a strange idol. Gutenberg’s invention has spawned a prodigious manifestation of our fallen inclination to amass idols of the mind, cropping up like the heads of a decapitated hydra. Although there are many treasures at The Library of Congress, consider the massive stores of printed materials there. It “is [...]

Suicide—What Did You Expect?

By |2014-05-28T08:40:27-05:00May 28th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Death, Family, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Driving a significant distance to work is a clear and present danger for a hypochondriac. In case you had not noticed, billboards are increasingly about sickness. One drive to work could leave him wondering about the ten most important questions to ask a doctor, suspicious that he might have lupus, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, or certain [...]

The False Promises of Public Education

By |2014-05-10T08:39:37-05:00May 10th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Education, Family, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The immense folly of the government run public schools is lost on American citizens blinded by misplaced trust in the false promises of a bankrupt educational system. The utilitarian social utopians who designed the curriculum rejected the original promises of an authentic education based on principles and replaced them with the calculating schemes promising [...]

The Common Core: A Gigantic Set of Empty Skills?

By |2014-05-30T09:17:03-05:00April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Liberal Arts, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

A skill is an “ability to do something well; expertise.” Surely we would greatly desire that after 13 years in the custody of the public schools that our children would emerge in possession of the requisite skills to function adequately in civilized society. And while the attainment of skills is a good thing, and [...]

Bury Me on My Head: What is an Education?

By |2014-05-19T07:06:45-05:00April 12th, 2014|Categories: Education, Liberal Learning, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

What is an education? What does it mean to be an “educated” human being? Ask a public school teacher or two and the answers may surprise you. Not because they will enlighten you, or give you a new perspective, but because in general there are vast plains of intellectual empty space that lie between [...]

Intolerant Irish Queers and Complicit Guinness Beers

By |2014-05-30T13:00:08-05:00April 5th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Morality, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a Catholic celebration beginning with a Holy Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is an ancient affair by American standards, steeped in centuries of tradition celebrating the Saint who set Ireland on fire for Christ and it includes much Irish culture and lore. It is a rare iconic [...]

Gender Confusion on the Gridiron!

By |2014-03-12T14:44:30-05:00March 7th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|Tags: |

Jennifer Welter is pretty yoked up for a chick. Evidently, she is very committed to a rigorous work out program. Surely one could not be blamed for wondering what means of strength training she’s employed to get where she’s at: men’s professional football. Although her train wreck of a debut performance was impressive in [...]

Common Core: A Straw House for Straw Men

By |2014-02-12T09:25:38-06:00February 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 [...]

Two Noble Ends of an Authentic Education

By |2019-09-24T11:15:54-05:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Education, Socrates, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Western Tradition|Tags: |

The Oracle of Delphi foretold countless fortunes, futures, prophecies, and mysteries over many centuries and is the same ancient fount of wisdom who declared Socrates to be the wisest man in the world. A great sign above the entrance to the Temple at Delphi exhorts all who enter her sacred halls to “know thyself,” for [...]

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