Class Notes

Foundations of Educational Thought — sixth meeting … [Read more...]

A Poem for Remus

My dear friend, Brad, has a beautiful greyhound dog named Remus. Remus was just diagnosed with cancer. I wrote the following poem for him: … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — sixth meetingThe readings for last week were Emerson’s Self-Reliance and Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener. We began with the exercise that flopped on Moday: a comparison of animated mini-lectures by Sir Ken Robinson and Slavoj Zizek. The class seemed interested in it as more than an exercise, so we used Zizek’s call for a “soft apocalyptic” voice within the anti-capitalist discussion — a very overt critique of Leftist piety — to begin to understand the pov … [Read more...]

A Curriculum of Life @ First Things

An abridged version of my essay, “A Curriculum of Life,” has been published by First Things, at their “On the Square” column. If you miss some of the original sections, that were removed during the editorial process, I have good news: after the publication of my book, Liturgy as Mystagogy, the sequel will be a book-length treatment of this very subject, by the same title. In fact the subtitle to Liturgy as Mystagogy is “An introduction to a curriculum of … [Read more...]

Libertad! Igualdad! Fraternidad!

You sullen pig of a man you force me into the mud with your stinking ash-cart!/ Brother! — if we were rich we’d hold our chests out and hold our heads high!/ It is dreams that have destroyed us./ There is no more pride in horses or in rein holding. We sit together brooding our fate./ Well — all things turn bitter in the end whether you choose the right or the left way and — dreams are not a bad thing. ~ William Carlos Williams … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Foundations of Educational Thought — fifth meeting … [Read more...]

Census Update

Thanks to all who’ve written in already. It’s very nice to know who you are, even though many of you I know quite well already. Please, if you haven’t had a chance yet or just showed up today, take a few minutes to send me message via the ‘ASK’ button to (a) let me know who you are and (b) what you use this site for. There is change on the horizon and I want to assure that it does not neglect things that already exist presently. Also: I’ve removed my essay … [Read more...]

A Census

In the weeks to come there will some exciting changes affecting how I use this site. But first I want to see who it is presently serving. If you are a regular visitor to my site, it would help for me to hear from you and (a) know who you are and (b) what your business is here, so to speak. I am conducting a census of sorts.  Please, if you visit this website with any regularity, click on the the word ‘ASK’ in the menu and introduce yourself in some way you feel comfortable with, le … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — fifth meeting Another long class. Three hours, no break. I think that this approach will actually become normal very soon. If it does, I suspect I’ll become somewhat infamous, but infamy has its rewards and I will not feel bad about rigor. As comfortable as the class has always been, I was beginning to feel too comfortable. So I decided to up the ante, so to speak. I was concerned that our reading of history thusfar was a bit too unambitious and … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Practice

My latest essay — The Tyranny of Practice — is available at Contending Modernities. In it I  try to hammer at the insipid, ideological assumption embedded in a saying I hear a lot: “theory into practice.” As you should already be able to tell, I not a big fan. In other news: I may soon have something exciting to share about another writing venture. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]