My brain is a strange blend of wild ideas and OCD organization. On the one hand I am a dreamer. I love to envision how things could be and dream up ideas for how to make it happen. I like to find creative outlets and explore new ideas. On the other hand, my brain likes order and precision. I alphabetize all my books, don’t leave … Continue reading On Football and Folding Laundry
Not long ago I took a walk through the woods. My aim was to get some fresh air and some space from the craziness of life. I wandered for a while through the trees, thick with leaves that valiantly fought to grant me a respite from the oppressive heat. Soon, however, my path led me out into an open expanse and the full intensity of … Continue reading The Blueness of Transparency (Mundane Meditations)
The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. Reclaiming the Classroom as a Workshop for Wisdom Kyle Rapinchuk, School of the Ozarks & The Classical Thistle Many works have been published in the past two decades … Continue reading Reclaiming the Classroom as a Workshop for Wisdom (2018 Conference Presentation)
The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. The Historical Mind: Thinking the Past in the Present Kyle Rapinchuk, School of the Ozarks & The Classical Thistle History is one of the core classes that one … Continue reading The Historical Mind: Thinking the Past in the Present (2018 Conference Presentation)
The Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) has a helpful list of five foundations of classical Christian education. In this post I give a brief commentary on how I understand the significance of each foundation for classical Christian education. Age Specific Learning The resurgence of classical Christian education is heavily indebted to a 1947 essay by Dorothy Sayers entitled “The Lost Tools of Learning.” … Continue reading The Five Foundations of Classical Christian Education
I have suggested in a previous post (Head, Heart, and Hands) that as classical Christian educators we are aiming to produce students of wisdom and virtue. More specifically, I have suggested that we are educating for “re-humanization;” that is, training, teaching, and discipling students to reflect the image of God in which we were created and to which we will one day be glorified. Classically, seven … Continue reading How Do We Educate Towards Virtue?
One work that has received significant attention in classical Christian schools is The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory. In this work, Gregory lays out seven laws and explains why they are helpful guidelines for teaching effectively. The work, first published in 1886, predates modern ideas of education and therefore serves as a helpful “return” to what classical Christian educators believe is a … Continue reading Seven Laws of Teaching