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Three Great Untruths, pt 3

We sometimes teach our children things we don’t intend. These are “untruths” that can hamper effective parenting and classroom instruction. The third untruth is that the world is structured as “us vs. them.” This untruth relies upon an assumption that hum ...

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Three Great Untruths, pt 2

We often teach our children things that we don’t intend.   In the previous article in this series, we examined the first “Untruth” we unconsciously teach -that children are fragile.  We noted that, rather than benefitting from being protected or rescued f ...

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It Ain’t Funny

It Ain't Funny Rereading Reinhold Niebuhr’s essay Humor and Faith reminds me that humor is the exclusive domain of human beings.  While my dog demonstrates noticeable “joy” when I take her to my office off leash, and while she is often amusing to me, I ...

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Why Study Dead Languages

Because of our own language’s profound debt to the Latin, the young student of Latin can begin to “translate” English, often without the need of a dictionary. A working knowledge of simple Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes, will enable a 13-year old stu ...

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The Challenge of a Secular Age

We live in a secular age. Charles Taylor, in his massive book which bears the above title, poses the question, “How is it that 500 years ago it was almost impossible not to believe in God, but now it almost impossible to believe in God?” In the older worl ...