Stuff and Nonsense: What Mary Poppins Taught Me

“Stuff and nonsense can be fun,” says Mary Poppins in the new Mary Poppins Returns, and I couldn’t agree more. More and more as I grow older, I feel the weight of worldly responsibility. Bills to pay, meetings to schedule and attend, a family to care for, and a feeling of inadequacy for all of it. I sympathize with Michael Banks in the movie because … Continue reading Stuff and Nonsense: What Mary Poppins Taught Me

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Kyle Rapinchuk’s Top 5 Books of 2018 My reading tastes in the past decade have focused primarily on theology and fiction. Some of that was due to my degrees (B.A. in English followed by M.Div. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies), but largely I could say I completed those degrees because those were the subjects I loved to read and about which I loved to learn. … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Teaching to the Test (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 10)

We are now on to the second half of our 10 part series on Educational Insights from Hogwarts. If you missed any of the previous articles, check them out at the links below. Part 1: Lessons from Dolores, Dumbledore, and More Part 2: Private Christian Schools and Government Involvement Part 3: Meaningful Teacher Evaluations Part 4: Student Organizations Part 5: On the Integration of Subjects/Arts … Continue reading Teaching to the Test (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 10)

Career Advice (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 9)

We are now on to the second half of our 10 part series on Educational Insights from Hogwarts. If you missed any previous articles, check them out at the links below. Part 1: Lessons from Dolores, Dumbledore, and More Part 2: Private Christian Schools and Government Involvement Part 3: Meaningful Teacher Evaluations Part 4: Student Organizations Part 5: On the Integration of Subjects/Arts Part 6: … Continue reading Career Advice (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 9)

Intellectual Humility (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 8)

One of the better educational moves that Dumbledore makes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is to add Firenze the Centaur to his teaching staff. Firenze is to share the duties of divination with Professor Trelawney, but unlike Trelawney, Firenze seems actually to know his subject. Nevertheless, Rowling writes that Firenze’s “priority did not seem to be to teach them what he … Continue reading Intellectual Humility (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 8)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Appreciating “Old” Truths in a New-Centered World

I generally don’t read movie reviews, especially in the comment sections of websites. My straightforward principle is that the people who generally write those are the same people who think the McRib is a good idea, and, well, let’s just say I question their judgment. But sometimes when I am going to take my kids to see a movie I haven’t seen, I do want … Continue reading The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Appreciating “Old” Truths in a New-Centered World

What is the Purpose of Teaching History? (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 7)

We are now on to the second half of our 10 part series on Educational Insights from Hogwarts. If you missed the first five, check them out at the links below. Part 1: Lessons from Dolores, Dumbledore, and More Part 2: Private Christian Schools and Government Involvement Part 3: Meaningful Teacher Evaluations Part 4: Student Organizations Part 5: On the Integration of Subjects/Arts Part 6: … Continue reading What is the Purpose of Teaching History? (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 7)