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)

The Historical Mind: Thinking the Past in the Present (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)

Get Ready for Summer! Part 4—History and Geography

By Sara Osborne Warmer temperatures and longer days are building excitement for students and their families as summer approaches.  We’re all eager for a change of pace and a break from the burn-out often associated with the end of the school year, yet we worry about our kids losing their skills over the summer. This need not be the case, however, if parents consider the … Continue reading Get Ready for Summer! Part 4—History and Geography

The Historical Imagination (Landscape of History Series #3)

You can read the first two articles in this series at the following links: “The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)” “The Teacher, Like the Historian…” (Landscape of History Series #2)” In chapter 2 of The Landscape of History, John Lewis Gaddis discusses time and space, which he identifies as “the field in which history happens … Continue reading The Historical Imagination (Landscape of History Series #3)

The Teacher, Like the Historian,… (Landscape of History Series #2)

In chapter 2 of his book, The Landscape of History, John Lewis Gaddis addresses the topic of time and space. Gaddis argues that historians have “the capacity for selectivity, simultaneity, and the shifting of scale: they can select from a cacophony of events what they think is really important; they can be in several times and places at once; and they can zoom in and … Continue reading The Teacher, Like the Historian,… (Landscape of History Series #2)

The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)

Recently I have been reading John Lewis Gaddis’ excellent work, The Landscape of History, and Gaddis helpfully addresses both the purpose of studying history and the method of the historian. The responsibility of each subject to justify itself in the curriculum is perhaps inevitable, but history seems often to be one that requires the most questioning, even in classical Christian education. The justifying answer most … Continue reading The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)

Burn Before Reading (and Other Activities to do with History Textbooks)

This blog will serve as the introduction to a new series of blogs that I will be producing over the next several weeks. The series is called The Regime[1]. It will be focused on applying the dialectic of Socrates in Plato’s Republic to classical Christian education. For those familiar with the Republic, you may see how the below relates to the allegory of the cave. … Continue reading Burn Before Reading (and Other Activities to do with History Textbooks)