American Civil (Ir) Religion and Christian Peoplehood: Education and the Intuition of Membership

by Ken Myers July 20, 2017

In recent years, there has been a widespread recovery of an awareness that education (like discipleship) is a process of formation that addresses the imagination and the affections. This process involves embodied practices (“liturgies”) within communities that have specific moral and theological horizons. Because children are likely to be malformed by many conventional practices in […]

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Whence Rhetoric for The Good Life?

by Joshua Butcher July 19, 2017

Most, if not all, classical educators acknowledge the importance of rhetoric in the curriculum of the liberal arts. Many also recognize that the skills of rhetoric are not limited to one or two classes taken on the subject and persuasive writing or public speaking, but are inculcated throughout the education of a child; from getting […]

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Master’s Programs for Teachers and Leaders and in Classical Education

by Matthew Post July 19, 2017

The classical education movement is more vital than ever before, proving to skeptics that the education it offers is the best preparation for academic and professional success, and assuring the rest of us that American education again takes seriously the spiritual aesthetic, moral, and civic formation of the country’s youth. But as this movement becomes […]

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The Teacher as Curriculum Part 2

by Andrew Smith February 15, 2017

One of the pitfalls of modern education has been the centrality of methodology and the corresponding technical specializations of the educator. Instead of being encouraged to learn how to learn or to love a particular discipline, professionalized teachers have been trained to manage people and schedules and to disseminate information according to standardized system. In […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 4

by David Diener February 15, 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 3

by David Diener February 13, 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 2

by David Diener February 13, 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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Education Plato Students Virtue

The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 1

by David Diener February 13, 2017

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]

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Why Children Must Play to Learn

by Christopher Perrin June 6, 2016

We can all plainly see that children love to play. If you are honest with yourself, don’t you like to play too? In previous centuries, parents were content to let their children romp and play for hours every day, and no doubt some of the most deeply-retained lessons of life were derived from play, adventure, […]

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The Great Dance: How the Cosmos Sings and Moves by Love

by Greg Wilbur June 28, 2015

Jesus upholds the universe by the Word of His power and the center of the cosmos is Love that binds everything together in perfect harmony. The idea of music and dance as formative images appears in the writing of Augustine, Boethius, Dante, Lewis and Charles Williams. Formal dance requires the learning of steps, mutual submission […]

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Is Everything Better With Bacon? Assessing Modern Science

by David Innes June 28, 2015

We will explore the origin and spirit of modern scientism in Francis Bacon’s 17th Century project to establish human mastery over the universe.

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Common Core, AdvancED, and Changes in the Works

by David Goodwin June 28, 2015

There’s much in the news about Common Core– less about AdvancED. Put together, these two developments represent what may turn out to be, arguably, the biggest educational change in the past century. As classical Christian schools, we need to understand the ideas behind these organizations so that we can look toward the changes that may […]

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Redeeming Science Instruction: Some Proposed Principles with Applications in the Middle School Classroom

by Jason Faulkner June 28, 2015

In this seminar, Jason will summarize his takeaways from the 2014 Alcuin Retreat by way of a proposal of principles essential to a classical, Christ-centered approach to science instruction. Jason will discuss what he believes must be rejected as well as what must be embraced if we are to recover the true nature of science […]

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The Centrality of Virtue in the Ancient Understanding of Education

by David Diener June 28, 2015

In the contemporary discourse about education, discussion of virtue as the goal of education is strikingly absent. When “virtue education” is mentioned, it is generally treated as an add-on to the curriculum, not as the overarching goal of everything that is studied. This conception of education, however, stands in stark contrast to the ancient understanding […]

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An Old Solution to a Modern Problem: How Classical Christian Education Can Meet the Loss of Faith in the Millennial Generation

by Ray Blunt June 28, 2015

The loss of faith among young Christians in the Millennial Generation (est. 50-70%) is now well established and is based upon solid research in the last ten years. The solutions emerging all hone in on the role of the church, in general, and youth ministries in particular with an ancillary role for parents. Universally ignored […]

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