About CiRCE


Why “CiRCE”? Click here to read our story (and discover the complicated origin of our name).

You are reading the blog of the CiRCE Institute, where you will find reflections from four regular contributors:

  • Andrew Kern, president and founder of the CiRCE Institute . Andrew also serves as a board member for the Society for Classical Learning. He is available for consultations on starting a school, headmaster-board relationships, classical teacher training, school governance and leadership, curriculum development and revision,  and troubleshooting.  You can also bring him in for a Lost Tools of Writing one or two day workshop. Finally, Andrew loves training home educators in the classical vision and approach to teaching.Andrew is a regular speaker at classical and home school conferences, fund-raising banquets, and graduations. He also co-authored Classical Education, the Movement Sweeping America with Dr. Gene Edward Veith and is the lead developer of The Lost Tools of Writing, the first thorough application of classical rhetoric to upper school writing. You can email him via akern@circeinstitute.org.
  • David Kern is the Creative Director of the CiRCE Institute, which means he works in marketing, public relations, communications, audio/visual, and as the occasional bus boy. He is a managing editor of Quiddity, as well as The CiRCE Papers, the Institute’s free email newsletter, which you can sign up for here. A freelance writer, David works as a copywriter, film and music critic, and part-time PR guy for independent musicians and artists. Additionally, he worked as the editor-in-chief of the arts-in-review website, intothehill.com. He writes about the arts and faith at his personal blog, Beside the Queue.
  • David Wright: bio coming soon…
  • Thomas Cothran: bio coming soon…

A blog’s use is limited without dialogue, so we need to hear from you, our guests, through the comments link below. In particular, let us know how you learned about and/or became involved in classical education. If you feel particularly ambitious, present a metaphor for education, with, if you like, a paragraph or two describing why that metaphor speaks to you. Finally, if you have any suggestions for making this blog more valuable to you, we’re all ears!


Besides commenting in the public forum, you can reach us by E-mail at:


So here we are, seeking to aid people who don’t just want to school children, but yearn to see them flourish as men and women made in the Divine Image.

We are widely regarded as the place to go when you want to understand what classical education is, train your teachers, communicate the vision of Christian classical education within your school community, coordinate the efforts of your school toward a common vision, or otherwise think hard about what you are doing with education.

And we have the best annual conference for Christian classical educators: intimate, reflective, and practical.

  • If you want to see students transformed through their experience in your school or home school, we’re here for you.
  • If you want to think about the heart of Christian classical education, we’re here for you.
  • If you want to learn how to integrate your curriculum (which requires trained teachers as much as a scope and sequence), we’re here for you.
  • If you want to learn how to teach classically, trascending the imposition of modern methods on old books, we’re here for you.

If you just want formulas, we probably aren’t what you’re looking for.

Otherwise, we’re here for you. Write to us and let us know how we can serve you and how we can improve what we’re doing!


By the way, Quiddity is Latin for “whatness” – the essence of things, which is what we at the CiRCE Institute are trying to figure out, at least in relation to Christian classical education.

7 Responses

  1. It is always delightful to encounter the rare websites which display a bit of advanced thinking, such as your website, during a search for anything intellectual, in this case, intellectual development.

    However, I have yet to discover any other website that indicates the understanding of intellectual technology, that is, the understanding of the complete functional design of the human mind, the human phenomenon and the future of humans, as has been inherently known by certain individuals since the creation of the human mind, by design of the human mind.

    If I may assist your pursuits, allow me to respectfully suggest that you use more basic words that hold their common dictionary meanings, and write specific questions of every contradiction that humans create, that you recognize, write the answers, write questions of your answers, and do not stop the questions of your answers until you have resolved all the contradictions that humans create, including those identified by the questions of your answers.

    It can be done. With patience you will discover the controlling contradictions that make your process increasingly more efficient.

    If I may be of assistance, you may inquire.

    Now off again through cyberspace in search of any colleagues of genuine intelligent life on Earth. They exist, but perhaps not yet on the internet.



  2. Dana,

    She ended up going to Hiram College. How are you daughters liking Hillsdale?

  3. Just wondering if your daughter is at Hillsdale College; I have daughters there 🙂

  4. I bought your course and love it.

    I am exploring CCE because I believe that God is worthy of a more excellent CE than I have yet seen in our homes and churches.

  5. Andrew,

    Ahh! Two teams! Good one!

    Of course, TWO teams is exactly what the NFC is going to have to bring to the Super Bowl when the AFC Champion New England Patriots show up!

    Thanks for giving me a good chuckle. Sounds like you can trash talk handily. I love it.



  6. Bill,

    Welcome aboard! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so I thought I should give others a head’s up.

    I’m a little puzzled by the redundancy in your last paragraph. You need two teams for a Superbowl!

  7. Dear Andrew Kern,

    You are too kind to include me in your blogroll. I am humbled. Thank you. I pray I may honor you by keeping pace with the fine company in which you have me included.

    I pray also that we shall become fast friends in the days to come. Anyone who claims to consist of one part Gandalf, one part Socrates and a lot of Jerry Lewis is really already a friend of mine.

    I can’t fault you for being a Packers fan; Favre is quietly putting up impressive stats while the media swirl around the gaudy Tom Brady and the impressive Pats. Here’s to another Super Bowl showdown between the Cheeseheads and the True Americans!


    Bill Gnade

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