Why Should We Be First?

Modern schools undervalue what it means to be a human being. Therefore, they are dropping the arts like frozen hamburgers on an assembled bun. When we focus on an art, whether it be painting, dancing, swinging a bat, singing, or writing short stories, demands are placed on us that force us to draw from within us the powers of our human faculties. In other words, they humanize us; they make us human.

Being human is simply not a priority for the modern school. We don’t have the money for that. As a result, I must question whether our milieu is worth all the trouble we are enduring to keep it “competitive.”

A Tribute to my wife

Today, May 16, is one month short of the 25th anniversary of the day Karen married me. This video is a tribute to her.


And when the cupboard’s bare
There’s always something there
with my love

The Purpose of Literature

Literature is the means by which a community or society embodies its deepest commitments. That is why so many literary “bits” are needed. It is also why literature does not exist autonomously. It depends entirely on the spirit of its culture.

Thus David Hicks: “Literature is only as important as the culture it sustains.”

We have the opportunity to feed on a literary heritage that draws the best out of 3000 years of human history. Instead, we have chosen to follow the narrow claims of the rationalists and the empiricists, and let them run our schools. In spite of that, we have a fervent literary energy in our country. Only it lacks a logos.

In my wistful moments, I find myself wishing people could realize the seriousness of our situation. In my more resolute moments, I recommit myself to the work of the CiRCE Institute – especially the apprenticeship.

Who Owns America Now?

I’ve read George Will off and on for about 25 years and have found him to be a level-headed, almost boring columnist who uses moderate headlines and writes rational arguments. It may be significant, therefore, that he is the first person I’ve seen so far to, in a non-hysterical way, apply the word “lawlessness” to the Obama administration and then express his legitimate concern. Read this and tell me what you think.

Lit Quiz 2: Who said this?

Wisdom must provide counsel that is consistent with the good. Knowledge severed from goodness is too dangerous – and even foolish; almost certainly fake.

 

Answer below

That’s JK Rowling. Yes sirree. These are the words of Albus Dumbledore.

Let us Attend. Hey! You there! Pay attention! Pass auf. Head’s up.

Attention, and therefore perception, is at the core of our human existence. Perceptive attention is the foundation of all excellence, of every competent activity, of each healthy relationship, of respect, of learning and memory, of prayer and spiritual growth – of survival.

Any school, but especially the Christian school, must prioritize, must focus on, must attend to, attentive perception as prior to and essential for all practical skills and liberal arts. It all begins with attention.

The Trouble With Ed Schools

This article suggests that ed schools aren’t all that harmful; they’re irrelevant. Hard to conceive, given the number of teachers who have to go through them.

http://www.teachermagazine.org/tm/articles/2005/01/01/04books-1.h16.html?r=937160579