Category Archives: Secondary Education

Moral Judgments – Facts or Opinions?

Allan Bloom began his Closing of the American Mind with this memorable observation: “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” (25) College … Continue reading

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Figurative Language and the Poetic Art

Many years ago, I was doing research in the Catholic University of America library, and by chance discovered Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language by Sister Miriam Joseph. At first, I was overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of … 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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Using discussions of Scripture to supplement Moral Theology

Since my first child entered high school, I have volunteered at St. Augustine Academy to help teach Moral Theology.  The first year, I simply used the Didache’s textbook, Our Moral Life in Christ, but found it unsuitable at provoking and … Continue reading

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Stories in Don Quixote

“Idle Reader” is the way Cervantes chooses to address his audience at the beginning of the Prologue to Don Quixote, and it points to one of the background social problems of the work.  In the early seventeenth century Spain of … Continue reading

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Mathematics in Classical Education

Thomas Treloar of Hillsdale College gives a very helpful overview of the role of mathematics historically and in classical education.  I think more should be said about the difference in character between algebraically-based modern mathematics, which trains us to reason … Continue reading

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Giussani’s Risk of Education

I am reading The Risk of Education by Father Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation.  I am very impressed by the first chapter.  Guissani presents briefly but surely attitudes that are central to a proper approach to education, and … Continue reading

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