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May 03, 2017
BOOK RELEASE: Tell Them Something Beautiful by Sam Rocha
I am thrilled to announce the release of my book of essays, Tell Them Something...
April 02, 2017
The Benedict Option: A Critical Review
Rod Dreher positions himself in The Benedict Option in a way that makes this...
August 06, 2016
10 Lectures on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Breadbox Media
In July I had the pleasure of teaching a one week seminar on the...
July 24, 2016
Education as Constitution: An Examination of Political Conscience
This is a long post. Just shy of 6k words. It began in a Facebook...
December 10, 2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville Must Repent
On May 17, 2012, I wrote the following post regarding Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS)...
July 04, 2014
A House is Not a Home: Domestic Church and the Art of Homemaking
This is part of the Patheos Catholic summer symposium, anticipating the Church's "Synod for the Family"...
June 28, 2014
Agonism, Antagonism, and Attitudes About Certainty
I think PEG really hit one nail on the head in his last post of...
June 26, 2014
Against Best Practices and Unintentional Philistinism
PEG has penned another fine rejoinder to my last, rather tedious, reply. I appreciate his...
June 22, 2014
Two Catholic Pragmatists Walk Into Bar: Illich vs. Montessori
My latest and longest reply to my esteemed Patheos colleague, Pascal Emanuel Gobry. My doctoral...
June 18, 2014
Against Methods: The Arts of the Ordinary
This is another reply to Pascal Emanuel Gobry, in particular to his recent reply to me...
June 17, 2014
What Can Go Wrong With Classical, Great Books, and Montessori?
I've written this post in reply to my esteemed Patheos colleague, Pascal Emmanuel Gobry, inspired...
April 09, 2014
“No Exit Catholicism” at Ethika Politika
I've been considering the role of more indirect and oblique routes in building a sense...
March 21, 2014
Don’t Miss “The Image of God,” Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, in Portland, OR, two of my great loves — Terrence Malick's masterpiece, The Tree...
February 13, 2014
Deschooling RED: Beyond the Fear of Failure
In 1840, Horace Mann, the first Secretary of Education in the State of New Hampshire...
February 11, 2014
Deschooling Religious Education, in Six Claims
1. Compulsory schooling came to the United States in the 18th century, during the Whig...
February 08, 2014
Deschooling Religious Ed
The ideological assumption that 'schooling' and 'education' are synonyms, that they both describe the same...
January 08, 2014
Something Remarkable in Steubenville
I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville from 2001 to 2005; I used to play music...
December 09, 2013
Indiana Teacher of the Year Reviews the Primer UPDATED
Steve Perkins is the 2014 teacher of the year for the state of Indiana. This...
December 01, 2013
The Educational Significance of Advent
Liturgy is mystogogical. In other words, one role of liturgy is to teach and form...
November 26, 2013
Excellent Review of My “Primer” at First Things
Stephen Webb's column at First Things today --- titled "Sam Rocha’s Strange and Startling Philosophy of...
November 21, 2013
Why I’m Not Too Worked Up About Common Core
The history of compulsory schooling in the United States resembles the political history of Latin...
November 19, 2013
Discussion on the Mount?
Over at First Thoughts, there is a post titled, "The Lecture Works, and It Always...
November 11, 2013
Lessons from a Veteran, Teacher
National holidays tend to bring out the most annoying personality traits of the mirror-imaged two...
October 30, 2013
Boredom is Laziness
We live in a culture of boredom. It may seem odd that, within the most...
September 17, 2013
Update: Thank You, Fall Schedule, Books, and Album
It's been just over a year now that I've been blogging at Patheos. That year...
August 26, 2013
An Aesthetic Critique of Youth Ministry: Miley Cyrus vs. Bonnie Raitt
MARC BARNES' CRITIQUE OF YOUTH MINISTRY has, predictably, gone viral. Today there is a measured and intelligent...
August 22, 2013
Two Faces of Credibility
There are two competing lines of thought, etched in my mind, oscillating back and forth,...
July 13, 2013
Why Serious Catholics Should Hate Catholic Stuff
I love Mexican food. Bordertown street cuisine, Tex-Mex comfort food, and Southwestern red and green...
May 20, 2013
Primer Update and Sneak Peek
My latest book --- A Primer for Philosophy & Education --- was released two weeks...
May 14, 2013
Sex Miseducation: Abstinence Doesn’t Make Sense UPDATED
Calah Alexander has written a powerful essay about the psychological and spiritual violence that is often...
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