“The desire to treat every book of the Bible equally often inclines classical educators (and youth group leaders) to teach New Testament epistles to young students simply because St. Paul says a lot about grace and faith and salvation, which are subjects modern Christians obsess over. However, St. Paul’s teachings on faith are meaningless andContinue reading “You Need To Be Qualified To Read St. Paul”
Having seen a good number of these (and become even a little cynical about them), let me commend to you this video from the Holy Innocents School in Long Beach, California. Make sure you watch through the end so you can see “the scholar’s pledge.” It is good, strong, bracing stuff. I love it.
I have begun work on my next writing project, which will be an 8000 word pamphlet which begins: Greetings. If you are reading this, it means your parents are considering whether or not they ought to enroll you in a classical Christian school. There are a number of directions things could go from here. AsContinue reading “Filling A Void”
Last week, our church (St. Cyprian of Carthage in Midlothian, VA) received eight new catechumens, all of whom appeared to be under the age of thirty, and more than half of whom were unmarried. And this, at a small church in the middle of the woods, half an hour away from the city, with noContinue reading “Growth”
In the last several years, it seems that the conventional greeting “Dear” has become stigmatized, and so emails now begin, “Hey Josh,” “Hi Josh,” “Hey there,” “Hey,” “Hi ya Josh,” and so forth. Really, though, we should all use “Dear.” Unless you’re in fourth grade, “Dear So-and-So” isn’t a sign you’re in love. It isContinue reading “Dear”
Save the date: July 8th and 9th, 2022. Tell your friends. Full details will be available soon.
One of the reasons there is so much acrimony about grades is because a 0 to 100 scale is way too broad. If you hate grades as they are, and I know you do, imagine how much less you would hate them if every grade was issued on a 1 to 3 scale. Suppose alsoContinue reading “A Proposition For Fellow Teachers”
For as chic as the 90s are once again, the line, “What’s in the box?” was uttered during Dune and absolutely no one in the theater laughed.
After an epiphany over the summer, I began my in-person classes this year with an exercise (or an experiment) wherein I aimed to prove to my literature students and theology students that they were better off not taking notes during class. In the last six weeks of school, I have often required students to putContinue reading “Quit Taking Notes”
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”