Merely Asking Tough Questions Won’t Do Much Good

“Weak teachers want asking tough questions to be enough because it deflects their own moral responsibility to speak the truth and places it back on students. Tough questions can unsettle a student from complacency and make him pliable, but tough questions are incapable of forming a student. What forms a student is tough answers.” -from Asking Tough QuestionsContinue reading “Merely Asking Tough Questions Won’t Do Much Good”

Talking With My 12-Year-Old Daughter About The Rich

“Camilla: Is it good to be cosmopolitan? Gibbs: Being cosmopolitan will not save your soul, but it is good that some people are cosmopolitan. In Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke says it is good for the church to have a few wealthy, well-travelled bishops. Cosmopolitan bishops are easier for rich people to respect,Continue reading “Talking With My 12-Year-Old Daughter About The Rich”

Why I Love Watching The Olympics

“While the lines of competition are drawn between nations, watching the Games tends to produce a remarkable balance between love of one’s own people and love of others. When watching, I intuitively pull for the United States, but I find myself easily won over to charismatic athletes from other countries. In distinguishing athletes by nation, the GamesContinue reading “Why I Love Watching The Olympics”

Excerpt: “I Want My Son To Become A Better Writer” & Other Daydreams

“Many classical Christian schools hold themselves to absurdly low standards when it comes to writing instruction. A few graduates come back from their freshman year in college and report, ‘After writing my senior thesis, college writing work is easy,’ and the school congratulates itself on how well they’re doing. Twenty years ago, I took aContinue reading “Excerpt: “I Want My Son To Become A Better Writer” & Other Daydreams”

In Desperate Need Of Definition

“The days are surely coming when the word ‘classical’ will be as ambiguous as the word ‘Republican,’ a term which now encompasses everyone from Never Trumpers like Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse to the QAnon Shaman who stormed the Capitol.” -from “The Downside of Classical Christian Education’s Rising Popularity,” which I will deliver next week atContinue reading “In Desperate Need Of Definition”

CiRCE 2021 National Conference Preview

“Monasteries were both more popular and more productive when they were harder to get into. The gatekeepers of classical schools should remind themselves of this fact every day before beginning their work.” -from “The Downside of Classical Christian Education’s Rising Popularity,” one of two forthcoming talks at the CiRCE 2021 National Conference Sign up forContinue reading “CiRCE 2021 National Conference Preview”

Journalism Of The Soul: How To Read Proverbs

“A proverb does not support itself. Our lives justify great proverbs, and so the more a man examines his life, the more a collection of proverbs will seem to him like newspaper headlines that offer up-to-the-minute reports on the state of his own soul. These are the news sources worth following. Who cares that CNN’sContinue reading “Journalism Of The Soul: How To Read Proverbs”