Get a Dumb Phone for Smart Kids

Can you live with a dumb phone instead of a smartphone? Before giving my opinion, I wanted to try and the answer is “yes.” Ten dollars a month got me a flip phone that texts (unlimited) and calls numbers. It had a rudimentary browser, but I had them shut even that off. That’s all the [Read More…]

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Plato, Math, and Doing Science

Growing up there was a certain sort of Christian scientist who would blame Plato or Platonism for anti-science attitudes. Karl Giberson, by all accounts a fine scientist, blamed Plato, Platonism, or neo-Platonism for anti-science views of Christian leaders in “the dark ages.” Take this example from many: We will look briefly at some of the [Read More…]

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The Complete Guide to Becoming a Great “Great Books” Teacher

Having led hundreds of great books discussions, I am often asked how to lead a good discussion. Years of labor can be boiled down into five commands that I cannot ignore. When I get afraid (as I do at the start of term), I remind myself to make it simple. What should I be doing? [Read More…]

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Faith, Understanding

I have an idea: let’s see and understand. Oddly, people keep pretending they can begin with no assumptions and then reason their way to Truth. The desire to find the truth is highly commendable, but to find the truth, we have to begin by looking for it. We do not start from no place, but some place [Read More…]

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Lucy Saw Clearly: Give and It Will Be Give to You

Lucy was a young girl who gave all she had to Jesus and so she has lived forever in the mind of the church. On the short, cold days just before Christmas, Christians still remember this girl whose name means “Light.”   On the darkest days, Lucy’s example is light. Jesus was always saying something [Read More…]

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Avoid Fraud School, Find the School of Wisdom: Theages and Education

About now colleges start begging for attention as the business of higher education cranks up. For parents, the entire process is confusing, expensive, and can be discouraging. When you add the choices for education before college: homeschool? government school? private school? a religious based private school? What to do? At that point, people ask experts [Read More…]

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A Glutton for Argument: Feast But Do Not Gorge on Words

Argument can help save your soul (by God’s grace) or be a way to damn it. Bad arguments happen when a husband and wife who disagree disagreeably. He cannot see why she cannot see what is obvious while she cannot understand why he does not understand the truth. Each pound away to win. Sometimes one will [Read More…]

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Saying the Man into Being: A Spiritual Reflection on the Odyssey

We need to see the man, say what incantation is necessary to be the man. Homer’s Odyssey begins: ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, Of the man to me speak, Muse, “many ways” Notice that the Muse comes between the man and his chief characteristic in the order of the words of the line. The man is a [Read More…]

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Nature is Awesome: On Education in the Real World

My Mom would send me outside, despite protests, and tell me to come back when the street light (yes, singular) came on. I might dam the “creek,” a rivulet so small that it was often dry, but seemed to me a major body of water or build a “fort,” but come inside? No. As for [Read More…]

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We Stand Under the Angels: True Education

True education begins in the fear of the Lord and ends in wisdom. Amongst other things, the fear of the Lord is the reminder that He is God and we are not. God knows all things and we do not. God is wise, virtuous, and full of joy and too often we are not. This [Read More…]

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