Category Archives: classical education

A Practicum in Grace

Dear Reader, I am sitting at a table before a soot-stained fireplace at a wee wood-shingled library in coastal Rhode Island. Just coming off my final practicum for Classical Conversations, I am resting with friends in their tiny cottage two … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Don’t Stay In School”

The other night I told my friend Katharine about David Brown’s scathing rebuke of education in England. She experienced the English school system herself. To my surprise, she confirmed important parts of his critique. When my 15 year old son … Continue reading

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Breaking My Math Fast

A couple of days without math and I am feeling itchy and unfulfilled. I am working through the last half of Saxon’s Algebra II in order to start Advanced Math after Thanksgiving. The boys and I work silently at the … Continue reading

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Passing up Frank Sinatra for Euclid

This morning I read an exuberant article about the delicious wordsmithing of the songwriters for the old crooners, namely Frank Sinatra.  http://www.worldmag.com/2014/08/rhythm_and_rhyme  My son Barnabas, whom I just delivered to St. John’s College in Annapolis, gets a kick out of Sinatra. He … Continue reading

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Challenge B Rules

Let me state this plainly: the Challenge B tutor has the best position in Classical Conversations. We wrestle Logic to the floor, we train opinionated kids to argue, and we watch children grow up into young men and women attorneys … Continue reading

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Andrew Kern Nails the Difference between Conventional and Classical Education

Andrew Kern of Circe Institute, a classical education think tank, explains how classical education contrasts to conventional at the heart.  If one is about the search for truth and the other for power, I know where I want to be … Continue reading

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