My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

As 2017 draws to a close, I have been planning a reading list for next year. Some of the books on that list have been on my list for a while, and others are making a new appearance based on recommendations from others or books I came into contact with through another book I read this year. I always find it helpful to get recommendations … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Curiosity Doesn’t Kill Anyone

by Christian Lingner, currently a senior at College of the Ozarks Anyone who has spent time in an educational institution or setting has heard time and again the refrains of The Apathetic Student, usually expressed in a phrase like “Why am I being forced to learn this stuff, I’m never going to have to use it” or “I don’t want to have to take this … Continue reading Curiosity Doesn’t Kill Anyone

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 Promised King Has Come

Merry Christmas from The Classical Thistle! We pray that you will enjoy this season with your family and friends and remember that God has become flesh and that our Savior will come again. I wanted to share with you a Christmas poem that I performed for our church’s Christmas Eve services. The goal of the poem is to put the Christmas story in a whole … Continue reading The Promised King Has Come

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

The Structure of Phantastes and a Lesson in Humility

You can read about the origin of this paper in my previous post, “Going Back to High School.” You can read the paper in PDF form here. “The Structure of Phantastes and a Lesson in Humility” By Kyle Rapinchuk Some may believe that fantasy exists as a genre without structure. If the laws of time, space, and gravity cannot constrain the plot, how could something as simple as … Continue reading The Structure of Phantastes and a Lesson in Humility