Noble Legends in Good Books

By |2014-01-10T18:40:16-06:00September 29th, 2011|Categories: Books|Tags: |

You have heard it said that it doesn’t matter what kids are reading as long as they’re reading. This sentiment is well-intentioned in the sense that it expresses an important fact that reading, especially among young people, is important, particularly in an age in which fewer are reading. But, are vampire novels and Diary of [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Tony Williams

By |2016-02-16T14:32:52-06:00September 16th, 2011|Categories: Books, Books that Make Us Human, Communio, Conservatism, Pope Benedict XVI, Western Civilization|Tags: |

Pope John Paul II When Brad Birzer asked me to write about the ten books that most heavily shaped my understanding of the human person, I retorted that he might as well ask me which of my children I love best. I agonized over the list interminably and tried not to cheat too [...]

Christian Humanism in Our Schools

By |2017-06-19T10:43:59-05:00October 30th, 2010|Categories: Christendom, Education, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

I really enjoyed reading the excellent essay by Brittany Baldwin on Hillsdale College and the incomparable job that it does “educating for liberty.” Through my participation in teacher seminars at the Hillsdale College Center for Teacher Excellence directed by the brilliant Dr. David Bobb, I became acquainted with the love of permanent things through rigorous [...]

The New Barbarism? Learning in Twenty-First Century Schools

By |2017-06-16T12:40:34-05:00August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

In the Middle Ages and early modern Europe, most commoners were illiterate and learned visually through art such as Giotto depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi and later with posted broadsides with woodcuts. After looking at these visuals, the illiterate peasants might discuss them in a group at church or in a tavern. [...]

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