Graduation and the Soul of a School

Tears flowed freely as our seniors led chapel during their final high school chapel service. After a superb sermon from one of our seniors, our Dean stepped up to the microphone and reminded us all, “This group will never again assemble in this chapel.” The statement likely elicited more tears and emotions as we each realized the truth of those words. As I listened, I … Continue reading Graduation and the Soul of a School

Teaching the Atonement, Part 2: Transparency

I have found that one of the most effective things I can do as a teacher is be transparent with my students. When I am willing to share with them areas of struggle in my own thinking, I think they gather encouragement that they are not alone in their confusion. I can sympathize with their intellectual weaknesses. But I think they also find encouragement in … Continue reading Teaching the Atonement, Part 2: Transparency

Intellectual Humility (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 8)

One of the better educational moves that Dumbledore makes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is to add Firenze the Centaur to his teaching staff. Firenze is to share the duties of divination with Professor Trelawney, but unlike Trelawney, Firenze seems actually to know his subject. Nevertheless, Rowling writes that Firenze’s “priority did not seem to be to teach them what he … Continue reading Intellectual Humility (Educational Insights from Hogwarts, Part 8)

The Blueness of Transparency (Mundane Meditations)

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)

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/. 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 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)

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