“More often than not, contextualization is just an easy way out. Rookie teachers spend too much time in Paradise Lost talking about John Milton because it is easier than talking about the book. Milton is the least interesting part of Paradise Lost, though, and that is because his poem is a complete success. So try teaching a bookContinue reading “Introductions Are Overrated”
Quite often, “teaching students how to think” simply means “teaching students how to criticize.” Teaching students how to criticize will not “irrigate deserts,” as Lewis put it, which is why so many 18 year-old Christian critics/analysts are men without chests who summarily quit church as soon as they can.
Sam Kriss’s review of Dostoyevsky’s Demons is not perfect, but it embodies the sort of ambition and verve that inspires fellow essayists (and makes them a little jealous, if I am being honest).
“How To Believe In Astrology,” the hit job on Alice Sparkly Kat’s Postcolonial Astrology, is magnificent.
A friend sent me a link to this essay by Freddie deBoer, which opens on the late Woodstock 99 documentary, but quickly turns into a brilliant assessment of the infantilization of adult taste over the last ten years. If the title and the subject matter over the first six or seven paragraphs doesn’t hold you,Continue reading “Exceptional Critique”
The modern man uses the term “witch hunt” as a euphemism for injustice and hysteria because he thinks witches an absurd superstition. The modern man does not believe any “hunt” could ever turn up a witch. For all their faults, the people of Salem gave trials to those accused of witchcraft. Those accused of theContinue reading “On Witch Hunts”
Tom: We’ve made remarkable cultural progress over the last fifty years. Harry: Really? What about rising suicide rates? And do you know how many Americans are on antidepressants? Tom: We’ve probably always been this depressed. It just wasn’t reported or diagnosed before. Every time.
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.
The headline says it all, but feel free to read the whole story.
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.