I am teaching Pride & Prejudice this year for the first time since instituting catechisms in my classroom. Oddly enough, the book is entirely bereft of passages that might suit a catechism. Austen’s brilliance is real, but known only in slow accumulations. Despite her deep understanding of human nature, she is one of the leastContinue reading “Jane Austen’s Unusual Brilliance”
Jarvis Cocker has made an album of French pop covers entitled Chansons d’Ennui Tip Top which will accompany The French Dispatch.
There is nothing the modern man finds quite so pretentious as obedience. Obedience creates a real bond between the ruler and the ruled, the transcendent and the ephemeral, the obeyed and the obedient. This bond is simply not possible for the egalitarian, the radical individual, the self-made man, or the rebel. In the end, whoeverContinue reading “Snobs”
The thing is, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is far better if no one tries to explain it to you. You may as well try to explain why pain hurts. The same is true of A Farewell To Arms. If someone doesn’t understand A Farewell To Arms, they are simply too young to read it. ThisContinue reading “On Teaching Modern Literature”
Teaching senior thesis is really more appropriate to science teachers than English teachers.
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.
Thesis: Solo sports are superior to team sports. Arguments: On the practical differences between the two, this thesis would argue solo sports (tennis, swimming, golf, and track & field) are superior because they can easily be practiced and played into adulthood, unlike team sports (volleyball, basketball, and soccer), which are rarely carried into adulthood. OnContinue reading “A Senior Thesis I Would Like To Hear”
Registration opens on Friday, May 21, for the following GibbsClassical.com classes: Fall 2021 Courses: Foundations of Modern Politics and British Ladies of the Nineteenth Century Friday afternoons, September 3 through December 10 (no class November 26th) Foundations of Modern Politics will start at 1:45pm EST British Ladies of the 19th Century will start at 3:05pm EST Sessions run 65 minutes. __Continue reading “GibbsClassical.com 2021-2022 Classes”