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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)

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)

Censorship and the Great Books (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 6)

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 Censorship: Educational Decree #27 In this sixth installment we will explore Educational Decree #27 in which Umbridge bans The Quibbler after Harry gives an interview about what really happened on the night of Cedric … Continue reading Censorship and the Great Books (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 6)

On the Integration of Subjects/Arts (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 5)

On the Integration of Subjects/Arts (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 5) As I continue this series on educational insights we glean from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I have decided to skip three of the educational decrees because they have a great deal of overlap and are related more to the administrative side of the school and the handling of punishments. Educational … Continue reading On the Integration of Subjects/Arts (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 5)

Student Organizations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #4)

Educational Decree #24 (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 4) When Dolores Umbridge begins to suspect that students are meeting to subvert her authority, she uses her position as Hogwarts High Inquisitor to take action regarding student organizations. Educational Decree #24 states: “All Student Organizations, Societies, Teams, Groups, and Clubs are henceforth disbanded. An Organization, Society, Team, Group, or Club is hereby defined as a regular … Continue reading Student Organizations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #4)

Meaningful Teacher Evaluations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #3)

Educational Insights from Hogwarts #3 In this article I continue the series regarding how Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix can give insight and/or start conversation about classical Christian education. Last week I explored how Educational Decree #22 raised questions about the role of the government in public and private schools. This week we take a look at Educational Decree #23 where Dolores … Continue reading Meaningful Teacher Evaluations (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #3)

Private Christian Schools and Government Involvement (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #2)

In last week’s post I mentioned that we would explore the eight educational decrees from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Today is the first of those educational decrees, though J. K. Rowling sets them in the context of her world, so the first in this book is labeled as Educational Decree #22. Educational Decree #22 In short, Educational Decree #22 relates to government hiring … Continue reading Private Christian Schools and Government Involvement (Educational Insights from Hogwarts #2)