“Last month, I told my sophomores, “You have written enough for me this year. Let me write something for you.” And so we hashed out a deal where, on the appointed day, the class would give me four essay prompts, I would choose one and write a 1000 word essay in response during class. OfContinue reading “A Guide To Dating In High School”
“‘Choose your battles carefully’ is now a proverb exclusively cited on occasions wherein there will be no battle. I have never heard someone say, ‘Choose your battles carefully,’ and mean, ‘You need to fight right now.’ Be careful of people who say, ‘Choose our battles carefully’ and never actually choose a battle.” -Proverbial, Episode 61:Continue reading “I’m Going To Pick A Fight”
“There is a very real sense in which all the headmaster’s work comes down to the work his teachers do in the classroom. Delivering a classical education is like a relay race. The board runs the first leg, the headmasters runs the second, the curriculum runs the third, but the teacher runs the final leg.Continue reading “A School Is Only As Classical As Its Teachers”
This demand is both supplied and incited by sentimental bloggers who tell their readers, “Parenting is hard, but you’re doing great. Society demands too much of you anyway.” Here is how to fight such flattery.
From one classical school to the next, the two aspects of the high school curriculum most often in flux are the writing program and the theology program. Why? Here’s why your theology program changes so much and how you can create something more stable.
The latest episode of Proverbial is devoted to Gresham’s Law: Bad money drives out good money.
“While somewhat awkward (and perhaps a little macabre), it would be worthwhile for any ecumenical school administration which fires an Orthodox or Catholic convert to ask in the exit interview, “What does it feel like to suffer such a huge loss for your convictions?” I suspect the answer would help the school deal in aContinue reading “Many Classical Christian Schools Have Their Own Sort Of Cancel Culture”
“There’s a certain sort of teenager who simply cannot appreciate the fact that adults—specifically teachers and parents—are reasonable, feeling human beings who respond in realistic ways to insult, abuse, slight, and offense.” -from How To Not Raise Egotists, my latest for CiRCE
“At the moment, it appears movie theaters are on their way out. I think this a shame for the same reasons I think the casualization of church over the last fifty years is a shame.” -from “If We Lose Movie Theaters,” my latest for CiRCE
“In the same way that very few people who have tattoos only have one, very few people trying to buy happiness are trying to buy it for the first time. You try to buy happiness—you buy something— but when it doesn’t make you happy, as opposed to concluding that happiness can’t be bought, you assume it wasContinue reading “Proverbial, Episode 55: Horace the Bear”