Holiness & Glory; New Concepts! – UPDATED

I like this piece by Tom Howard, a classics teacher who is looking at how modern students respond to Homer:But then we came to Homer. This old blind bard addresses himself to his poetic task with immense energy. And a reader does not get far into The Iliad before he finds himself hailed with the sheer zest with which Homer extols the magnificence, nobility, courage, and prowess of the heroes on both sides of that war. In the Greek camp, we find Agamemnon, Menelaus, Achilles, Ajax, and a host … [Read more...]

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Kids in Chant; Kyrie Eleison

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"Tenure" or "Tenor"? Oops!

Watch the graphics during the report. Heh.Gov. Chris Christie; "We may have to fire lousy teachers!" … [Read more...]

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The Force of Her Focus – UPDATED

Marks '10/Kris Snibble (Photosource)Readers may remember a post from the spring, featuring Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10, and her salutatory address, given in Latin, with not a notecard in sight.In this interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, you can feel the force of her focus; she is like a laser.The cry that the Church is a “dying, loser organization of sinners” echoes down the centuries; it rang out in Christ’s day, it rang out in Luther’s day, and it rings out in ours. The second part always … [Read more...]

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Receiving Communion at Age 6?

Horrible Little Girl on a Great Day, Age 6There is a question being bandied about, thanks to A Cardinal's Musings::Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first Communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments."A child's first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion … [Read more...]

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Ken Howell Update

The other day I wrote of the firing of U of I's Ken Howell, who had taught “Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought“ and other courses on Catholic doctrine, understanding and reason:The Howell story, however, goes beyond grim: it tells us that a simple charge of thinking incorrect thoughts and encouraging others to also dare to think, even if one comes to a different conclusion (“All I ask as your teacher is that you approach these questions as a thinking adult . . .All I encou … [Read more...]

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Out of Chaos, Hope

Real hope, not rhetorical hope. This is very encouraging. How adorable are these kids? I love the teacher who suggests that kids have a right to express to their teacher their dissatisfaction with the teacher's efforts.The teacher's unions are going to hate this:Do read Ed Morrissey for more on this subject … [Read more...]

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Happy 4th, or, umm…UPDATES

When I was in elementary school, the typical class had 52 students, with one nun in charge of getting information into our heads.The public schools had a better student-to-teacher ratio, but outside of religion the courses were the same, and they included a quaint little class called "civics."Civics class taught you things like: when, how and why America was formed. What the Declaration of Independence was; what the Constitution said, and the origination of the Bill of Rights. We learned … [Read more...]

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Beautiful & Sad and all too true

Joseph Bottum tells a too true story:There are some real championship athletes on the rodeo circuit, and she wasn’t that. But she was good enough to get a minor riding scholarship to a school off on the other side of the state, joining the rodeo team of one of those big land-grant state universities that engulf midwestern and western towns. And she lasted less than a year. Three, four, maybe five months before she dropped out and turned up at home again, pregnant.Not pretty enough to be a r … [Read more...]

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Busybodies intrude on childhood friendship

Sometimes I wonder if "enlightened experts" ever had childhoods,. . . increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best friend? ... “I think it is kids’ preference to pair up and have that one best friend. As adults — teachers and counselors — we try to encourage them not to do that,” said Christine Laycob, director of counseling at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School … [Read more...]

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