My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Scott McElvain)

As the year comes to a close, we as a staff have decided to detail our favorite reads of 2017. My list is scattered through with different genres, but a small bit of encouragement to me as I review all that I have read. These lists always help me stuff my reading list, and I hope my top 5 will do the same.   5: … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Scott McElvain)

Classical Roundup – December 29th, 2017

The Classical Roundup is a group of worthwhile articles, videos, and podcasts that I have found helpful on our journey of exploring classical Christian education in the 21st century. What We Celebrate at Christmas R.C. Sproul reminds us that what we really celebrate at Christmas is the incarnation of God Himself. Ask Andrew – How Do I Introduce Classical Education to My Middle School Child? … Continue reading Classical Roundup – December 29th, 2017

Top 5 Posts of 2017

2018 is almost upon us, and it would be sad to forget the best of 2017 on The Classical Thistle. Here are the top five posts from this past year.   What Scares Me About Classical Education In the most popular article of 2017, Josh Dyson describes the fear that grips him with passing on classical education to our children. Insightful and worth a read … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2017

The Classical Roundup – December 22nd, 2017

The classical roundup is a group of worthwhile articles, videos, and podcasts that I have found helpful on our journey of exploring classical Christian education in the 21st century. Preparing for Tomorrow, Today with the Trivium – Learn how the trivium prepares our students for the future ahead. Martin Detweiler and Dr. George Grant again give us a six-minute excellent video.   What is the … Continue reading The Classical Roundup – December 22nd, 2017

There’s a Hole in My (Vision) Bucket

I failed a car inspection! Now granted, I drive a beat-up, duct-taped SUV, and this failure among many other problems was due primarily to a leak in my radiator hose. And, if not fixed, it will eventually lock up my engine, destroying my car. This small leak in a critical spot had the potential to destroy this massive car. Parents, students, and teachers all have … Continue reading There’s a Hole in My (Vision) Bucket

Nexus Notes – December 15th, 2017

A nexus is a series of connections linking two or more things. These notes are dedicated to linking us to great content elsewhere out on the web. Preparing for Tomorrow, Today –  George Grant tells a great story of the dining hall at Saint Mary’s in Oxford, England that perfectly illustrates how we can and should prepare for tomorrow, today. Classic George Grant in a … Continue reading Nexus Notes – December 15th, 2017

Nexus Notes – December 8th, 2017

A nexus is a series of connections linking two or more things. These notes are dedicated to linking us to great content elsewhere out on the web.   A Test For CCE Students – Article by Mark Bauerlein This article informs and explains the new kind of admissions test that has been created called the Classic Learning Test.   Avoiding Trendy Ideas – Article by Dr. John … Continue reading Nexus Notes – December 8th, 2017

Hudson Taylor: Improving Leadership

Hudson Taylor has become a study of mine since naming our first son Hudson three years ago. I had no intention of naming him after Hudson Taylor until my Dad mentioned and introduced me to this man and his inspirational life unto the Lord. Recently in my reading of Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders, he cites a letter that Taylor wrote that remarks on … Continue reading Hudson Taylor: Improving Leadership

Nexus Notes – December 1st, 2017

A nexus is a series of connections linking two or more things. These notes are dedicated to linking us to great content elsewhere out on the web. The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education – The Gospel Coalition earlier this year produced an article detailing the growth of Classical Education. Informative and helpful. Ancient Future Education – Davies Owens gives a 15 talk at the … Continue reading Nexus Notes – December 1st, 2017

Harkness Sharkness

Don’t you just love the movies that depict the shark getting the faintest whiff of blood and putting your least favorite character in peril? I have often felt like this character who accidentally cut himself as the teacher during a harkness discussion. I have introduced this format of discussion to my students, and on occasion, I have unknowingly baited the water. The sharks have caught … Continue reading Harkness Sharkness

Nexus Notes – November 24th, 2017

A nexus is a series of connections linking two or more things. These notes are dedicated to linking us to great content elsewhere out on the web. Bullet Trains & Birds – Not a huge Vox fan, but this video is fascinating – Japan’s famous bullet trains had a problem: they were extremely loud. Pressure waves while exiting tunnels at high speeds caused a shockwave … Continue reading Nexus Notes – November 24th, 2017