By Christine Norvell Humanity of every age and culture has sought a sense of purpose, often in semantics—perhaps fulfillment, contentment, joy, pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness add meaning to our life on earth. However, some of these words appear interconnected or lend to a dichotomy, either relating to the physical senses or to intuitive ones. Aristotle saw how these separate terms could intertwine to define happiness: … Continue reading On Aristotle and Happiness
By Joshua Bruce “Potato chips may be eaten, but only in moderation.” The philosopher Aristotle said that. Well, he didn’t exactly say that. But if Aristotle had known about potato chips and how good they are, he definitely would have said that about them. Which is why my son, a classically trained toddler, already well-versed in Aristotelian categories, always says the same thing when he … Continue reading Chips: In Moderation
By Dr. Steve Turley There’s an interesting term that’s developed among scholars over the last several years: retraditionalization. While certainly a bit cumbersome, it is a rather simple and indeed profound concept. In the face of threats to a sense of place, identity, and security so often posed by globalization, populations tend to reassert historic identity and security markers – religion, custom, and tradition … Continue reading Why Classical Education is the Future
By Christine Norvell It was a classic when it was first published in 1949, but it remains a classic because it is one-of-a-kind. Marchette Chute’s Shakespeare of London absolutely is the best biography because of her approach. Chute essentially crafted the story of Shakespeare’s life from a paper trail, from wherever she could find town records, lease arrangements, tax papers, theatre programs, personal letters, and … Continue reading The Best Shakespeare Story Ever
By Ian Mosley, Instructor of Latin, School of the Ozarks Tom was not raised a Christian. Growing up, his family never went to church, never read the Bible together or practiced family prayer or worship. Nevertheless, he was lucky to have two parents who loved him, made sure he got a good education (by their own best lights, of course), and always encouraged his voracious … Continue reading What’re You Going to Do with Socrates?
By Ian Mosley The dawn does not disperse, but in fact removes the image even of the dark which just one moment past, in cloak intact and seamless seemed to own the world–remark the ways in which our mind cannot embrace contráries: ashen bones cannot be raised, the purest hyssop won’t our filth efface, but rather death will drag us where none are praised. But … Continue reading Sonnet for the First Week in Lent
By Ian Mosley, Instructor of Latin, School of the Ozarks The human immune system is a complex bit of machinery. As it learns to define and identify potential threats, it has immense potential to protect us from disease; of course, the most effective diseases find ways around easy identification, using their protean disguises to slip past our defenses. Moreover, having an overzealous immune system can … Continue reading Learning Disabilities and the Classical School