The Grand Inversion Of The Classroom
“A student is not above his teacher.” -Jesus Christ
“A teacher is not above his students.” -Modern educators
Stats From Right Before The Collapse
Around 1 in 20 humans on planet earth follows Selena Gomez on Instagram.
Socrates, Meet Solomon: Against The Harkness Table
Proverbs is addressed to “my son.” In fact, “my son” is addressed more than twenty times.
There are nearly fifty questions asked in the book of Proverbs. They are all rhetorical. Every one of them.
What If We Taught Some Books Twice?
“Reading Paradise Lost a second time proves it was read rightly the first time. The second read proves the reader is digging, humble, obedient. It is our need to dig into the book, to be humble and silent before it, which has made it famous.”
-from The Glory Of A Second Read: What If We Taught Some Books Twice?
Proverbial, Episode 117: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin
The latest episode of Proverbial is about dead cats.
It’s my favorite episode of the last couple months.
Why Are We Talking About Rabbits?
With John Heers of The First Things Foundation on Why Are We Talking About Rabbits?
Listen to the episode on Spotify here.
You Catch More Flies With Honey Than Vinegar, But Get Real
“When teachers and parents disagree, it’s rarely goals they disagree on. It’s the means of achieving those goals. St. Paul teaches, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” We all want a harvest of righteousness, but what unpleasant things are we willing to endure that we might get to it?
The dream of a sentimental age—which ours mostly certainly is—is that discipline doesn’t have to be unpleasant. We believe there’s a way around the unpleasantness of discipline. If authority figures are just warm and encouraging and nice enough, they won’t have to make anyone’s life really difficult. The unpleasantness of discipline was a convention of some antiquated cruel and patriarchal age, but we have finally realized that niceness is the real key to righteousness. After all, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” which means we can reorder affections without hurting feelings, correct without punishment, prune without cutting, operate without incisions, crucify the passions without a cross.”
-from my latest for CiRCE
On Senior Theses
“The Poetic Age is popularly known as the “ difficult ” age. It is self-centred; it yearns to express itself; it rather specialises in being misunderstood ; it is restless and tries to achieve independence ; and, with good luck and good guidance, it should show the beginnings of creativeness, a reaching-out towards a synthesis- of what it already”
-from “The Lost Tools of Learning”
And this is the primary reason why classical Christian schools have seniors write theses. Apart from Sayers’s theory of stages, there is no way of justifying a senior thesis project.
A Short Introduction To Classical Christian Education: Excerpt
“A classical Christian school is not “classical and Christian.” Rather, classical Christianity is a fundamentally different sort of Christianity than is referred to in contemporary terms like “Christian radio” or “Christian fiction.” The two sorts of Christianity have little in common. Classical Christianity is not a version of “Christianity.” It’s the other way around. The sort of Christianity suggested by “Christian radio” and “Christian fiction” is a cheap, commodified version of classical Christianity.”
-from the forthcoming “A Short Introduction to Classical Christian Education” (March 2023)