Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — fourth meeting I lectured for three hours straight. Sure, there were questions, a comment or four, and I showed two short YouTube clips, but the class was a full three hours, non-stop. Once again, this class keeps exceeding my expectations. Not so much in terms of their own work, which varies in quality thusfar, but of myself and my teaching stamina. Like a good coach: they seem to push me a bit further than I thought I could go before. We took an … [Read more...]

Music at Gather4Good

This upcoming Sunday, I’ll be returning to Minnesota to play at the Gather4Good community service event in Albertville, MN (at Central Park), sponsored by Catholic United Financial, with Albertville native, Shawn Kolles on drums. We’ll play covers and standards, originals, and childrens music. If you’re nearby, come out for a great, FREE event. You can pre-register here. … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Foundations of Educational Thought — third meeting “It lets all the air out of the room; and you spend the rest of your time trying to get it back.” This is what a perceptive mentor told me today about handing-out graded papers at the beginning of class. And she’s right; at least she was about yesterday. Those who know me know that the first assignment is generally a low stakes descriptive essay — that I grade mercilessly. I have never given out a perfect score on … [Read more...]

Sep 10, 2012 5:11pm

I submitted this rendition of “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB” for the Love Come Alive 2012 talent search, sponsored by Mysterium. I haven’t competed in this sort of competition before, but I do know that the amount of views it gets plays into the decision, so please take a view or twenty and feel free to spread it like the plague. Thanks!SR … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Email From a Former Student and Present Friend

Rocha, If you are about to eat dinner, then put off reading this email. It is about dissections. I have been in anatomy class for three weeks now. A huge portion of the class and my favorite part of it is the lab. For about ten hours every week we cut and pull, prod and poke, rip and tear and break a human corpse. It is simply wonderful. Often I am disgusted by what I am doing. It confuses me, challenges me, and disturbs me. Yet in and through these emotions I find beauty, so much beauty. I … [Read more...]

Sep 8, 2012 4:30pm

Shooting a white buffalo. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Sep 7, 2012 10:24pm

Home office in progress. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — third meeting Yesterday’s class seemed doomed from the outset. Because of a shortage of books, and my still-absent personal library, I was unable to retain a personal copy of the text for the day. Thankfully, I’ve read and taught Robert Church’s Education in the United States many, many times. But I was winging it. As it turned out, the simple insight in what I call the “creation story” of compulsory schooling was powerful enough on its own. Compulsory schoo … [Read more...]

A column at First Things

The essay — “Real ‘School Choice’” — that grew from the two notes I posted (and then deleted) here last week is now available at “On the Square,” the online column published by First Things.  The construction of this essay has taught me an important lesson: writing cannot be planned or scripted. At least mine can’t. First Things was the first intellectual journal I ever read. In it, I found my first regular engagement with big ideas. Although … [Read more...]

Sep 2, 2012 6:13pm

My good friend, Eduardo Duarte, graciously and gratuitously sent me a copy of his new book, pictured above. I’ve been reading it all weekend and I’ve found it deeply inspirational. He’s also the radio show host for tonight’s show. Don’t be fooled: Professor Iguana (founder of the “Dead Zone”) is a serious, deep cat. The show airs this evening around 6:30 pm ET. You can listen to it online streaming from WRHU, Hofstra university. … [Read more...]