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Growing Up, Growing Old, and Good-bye’s

Growing Up, Growing Old, and Good-bye's You likely do not know the work of Julia Kasdorf. I didn’t either until recently. She’s a published poet, though I think not particularly famous - okay, famous enough to have a Wikipedia entry, which three publishe ...

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New Covenant and the National Reading Crisis

I consistently tell prospective parents that there are a hundred ways to teach students how to read. There are also some ways not to teach them. Reading is not a natural function of the brain. Humans didn’t invent an alphabet until 3200 BC, or thereabouts ...

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Thinking About Critical Thinking

During a recent professional development day, the faculty hosted Dan Willingham, Phd, a leading cognitive psychologist from the University of Virginia. Dr. Willingham’s work with the faculty was extensive, and we are pleased to share some of the topics th ...

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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 ...

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21st Century Skills Require 25 Centuries of Context

My first brush with politics as a “full contact sport” came in 1973 when the Watergate hearings were televised gavel-to-gavel on black and white TV. The three networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, rotated their coverage from mid-May through August 1. I was eleven y ...

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Boiling It Down: Think. Learn. Love. Live.

I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen as a child, unless it was to get under Grandma’s feet, so I had to wait until I was married to learn how much fun cooking could be. I now know that certain things need to be boiled down before they are presentable. ...