Today, I bought a Michelin guide to Tokyo, albeit for the same reasons most people buy fantasy novels.
Whatever it is fashionable to say about COVID today will be thought primitive, ignorant, and backwards two years from now. This has nothing to do with COVID per se. It is simply the way the zeitgeist works. Nothing ever stays fixed.
It is the responsibility of every reasonable, courageous classical Christian educator to ensure that classical Christian schools do not simply become “Montessori schools for Republicans,” as a friend recently put it.
The most direct experience of democracy which the common man has experienced takes place in the classroom, the board room, or the annual church meeting in a nave. A binary decision is put to a crowd, then there is a show of hands. This leads the common man to think that democratic society is generallyContinue reading “Misunderstanding Democracy”
“Lurking among the jubilant americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren’t quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions. For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains an expression of political identity—even when that means overestimating the disease’s risks or setting limits far more strict thanContinue reading “The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown”
“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”
“Student: But I have taken personality tests before and found them helpful. Gibbs: What would you say to a person who claimed to find horoscopes helpful? Student: I would want to know how horoscopes were helpful. Gibbs: How was the personality test helpful? Student: The test told me about myself. Gibbs: Did you, by anyContinue reading “Book No. 6”
I first encountered Giovanni Romanelli’s Allegory of Fame a few months ago at the Chrysler Museum. If I put a large framed poster of this on the wall of my living room, such that I saw it every morning while having my coffee and every night while eating my dinner, I think I would workContinue reading “Allegory of Fame”