Category Archives: For Teachers

Fiat Mihi: The Gift of Teaching

Fiat mihi. Our parish’s celebration of Midnight Mass is always spiritually uplifting and deeply satisfying.  My wife, eldest daughter, and I sing in the choir. We have a lovely repertoire of Christmas carols, hymns, and instrumentals that we offer in … Continue reading

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Classical education — “learning to read.”

In his Confessions, Augustine expresses gratitude for his classical education. Although he is highly critical of the pagan mythology that saturated his curriculum, he observes, “those primary lessons were better, assuredly, because more certain; seeing that by their agency I … Continue reading

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Jacques Barzun on Reading the “Classics”

Many readers will be familiar with Jacques Barzun from his monumental From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, which he completed at age 93. (Barzun died in 2012 at the ripe old age of 104!) Among his … Continue reading

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throwing something before something

I have been ecstatically and enthusiastically happy about being a school teacher for my entire professional life. I have been gifted the extraordinary insight to know who it is that has been sitting in front of me for the last … Continue reading

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Feeding the Imagination of the Underprivileged

My work with Catholic schools has forced me to travel to an extent that I never imagined in my happily sedate teacher’s life.   I often compare today’s anonymous mode of travel, whether on land or through the air, with something … Continue reading

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Testimony against the Common Core

Not long after my arrival here in Atlanta, I was contacted by a colleague who works for the American Principles Project, founded by Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton. Amongst other things, they have worked tirelessly to take up arms … Continue reading

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Road Trip From California to Georgia!

I have been a public school teacher for 23 years. My first year of teaching in 1990 bears testimony to the fact that I was an enemy of the public schools from the very beginning, but without a tremendous depth … Continue reading

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