“Parent: Given the profound importance of recent events, I wondered what changes you planned on making to your curriculum for the coming year. Gibbs: That’s a question traditionalists have been asked for over two hundred years now. Ever since the French Revolution, there has been an endless succession of “profoundly important recent events” that areContinue reading “Is Classical Education On The Right Side Of History?”
At the end of a long lecture on some esoteric philosophical or theological subject, a teacher often wants to tell his students, “Alright, now go live your lives!” When he says this, he means, “Go on a long walk. Go write a poem for a girl. Go get a job. Go quit the job becauseContinue reading “Go Live Your Lives”
My latest for CiRCE is about just how difficult the coming school year is going to be and how teachers need to spiritually and intellectually prepare for it.
My latest for CiRCE concerns the saying, “Fake It Till You Make It.” Is this good advice? Is there any alternative? Offensiveness rating: 3/5
As have many classical educators, over the last several years I have written quite a lot about the need for teachers to “inspire wonder” in their students. But I have also written quite a lot about the need for classical schools to have a few dogmas, a few beliefs that simply aren’t up for debate.Continue reading “Grow A Spine”
My latest for CiRCE is a wildly unoriginal short story which borrows liberally from Leo Tolstoy, Alice Thomas Ellis, Foer’s “The Sixth Borough,” and Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus.
My latest for CiRCE is about why thirtysomething parents love old Legos, why they don’t love new Legos, and why kids need old Legos now more than ever.
My latest for CiRCE is less about pedagogy than school politics. What happens when the headmaster at a classical school doesn’t read classics?
My latest article for CiRCE is about kid’s movies. It’s an old gripe, but one I always enjoy making.
My latest for CiRCE is dedicated to teaching readers how to predict the future. It is easier and more humbling than you can imagine.