I Didn’t Learn How to Learn…

How many times have you heard someone say, perhaps even yourself, “I didn’t learn how to learn until I got to college!”? I distinctly remember my own experience as a college junior when “the lights came on,” and I realized that learning was a process that consisted of patterns and routines, disciplines and techniques – in addition to the actual content of what I was studying.… Read more

A Coherent Curriculum

One of the most important questions we could ask of any curriculum is this: “Does the curriculum cohere?” To put it a different way, we’re asking if the curriculum progresses in developmentally appropriate ways, if the curriculum moves at an appropriate pace, if its methods are consistent with the content explored, and if it addresses core knowledge.… Read more

Prayer and Noise

Americans are noisy people. At least the rest of the world thinks we are.  There is some research to support this, suggesting that Americans are loud because we occupy a larger personal space, due to the fact that our country is large and mostly uncrowded.… Read more

From Consumer to Community

Any civilization that forgets the wisdom of history and fails to honor it will suffer two evils:  apathy toward the future and, eventually, revolution.  Revolution is a complete break with the past.  Apathy doesn’t care.   It is the empty nothingness that fills the hollowed out void of the soul of a culture.  It welcomes the rock-throwing, car-burning, foul-mouthed storm troopers of the coming revolution – with a shrug. 

I grew up at the tail end of the Baby-boomer generation, through the horrible 60’s, the Cold War and Vietnam.  During the 80’s I came of age reading Francis Shaeffer and other cultural observers who shot warning flares high into the twilight sky as our society in the words of Robert Bork, was increasingly “slouching toward Gomorrah.” Their signals and predictions were disturbingly accurate, and much of what they predicted has now happened.… Read more

By Definition: Education Is…>>>

How words change! Here’s a good example. I have two definitions of education, both from Webster:

2017 – Education:  The action of process of educating or of being educated.

BUT….back in the 19th century, when we knew less about most things, this is what the book said:

1828 – Education, n [Latin, educatio].… Read more