Road trip! Road trip!

Road trip! Road trip! June 29, 2009

We are on a week-long road trip, headed first to the Consortium of Classical and Lutheran Education conference at our church body’s last boarding school in Concordia, Missouri, and then to visit family in Oklahoma. This blog, however, will not go on hiatus, even for a week, since my new blogging software lets me post things now that will pop up later, so you’ll see new postings all week. (There might not be quite as many and they may not be as up-to-date as usual, so please bear with me.) I’ll check in and do some postings as I can, but I’m not sure about my internet connections in the long course of this journey. If something striking is in the news that begs for our attention, feel free to post a comment about it in that day’s offering.

So play nice! No, we’re not there yet! Stop that bickering. Stop beating on your brother. Or I’ll turn this car around!

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  • Darin

    I’m on my way to the same thing tomorrow, only my drive is much shorter than yours. 😉 I’m looking forward to meeting you there!

  • Darin

    I’m on my way to the same thing tomorrow, only my drive is much shorter than yours. 😉 I’m looking forward to meeting you there!

  • Carl Vehse

    Dr. Veith, I look forward to seeing your postings on your observations about classical and Lutheran education from the conference.

  • Carl Vehse

    Dr. Veith, I look forward to seeing your postings on your observations about classical and Lutheran education from the conference.

  • Mary Ann

    Safe trip!

  • Mary Ann

    Safe trip!

  • I was not aware that there was a boarding school in the Synod. Very interesting.

  • I was not aware that there was a boarding school in the Synod. Very interesting.

  • Booklover

    Daddy, she looked at me! I have to go Potttttyyy! Stop and buy me some licorice!

  • Booklover

    Daddy, she looked at me! I have to go Potttttyyy! Stop and buy me some licorice!

  • Are we there yet!???!

  • Are we there yet!???!

  • richard

    Dad, stop the car! tODD is calling me names!

  • richard

    Dad, stop the car! tODD is calling me names!

  • cattail

    He’s looking at me! He touched me!

    Stop the car, I’m gonna throw up!

  • cattail

    He’s looking at me! He touched me!

    Stop the car, I’m gonna throw up!

  • Carl Vehse

    “Stop the car, I’m gonna throw up!”

    Now that brings back childhood memories of riding in a crowded back seat during family vacation trips and hearing such words coming from one of my siblings.

    (I learned to keep my stack of comic books safely out of the way!)

  • Carl Vehse

    “Stop the car, I’m gonna throw up!”

    Now that brings back childhood memories of riding in a crowded back seat during family vacation trips and hearing such words coming from one of my siblings.

    (I learned to keep my stack of comic books safely out of the way!)

  • Dad, Carl is being gross!!

  • Dad, Carl is being gross!!

  • See, you should have driven through the night so the kids would sleep for most of the trip.

    I’d like to go to one of those conferences. Can you have it in Wisconsin sometime?

  • See, you should have driven through the night so the kids would sleep for most of the trip.

    I’d like to go to one of those conferences. Can you have it in Wisconsin sometime?

  • We had several CCLE conferences at Mequon back when I was there!

    One problem today that we didn’t have in my time is car seats. Babies have to be in them, as do toddlers and even grade schoolers. But when the baby, our granddaughter, starts crying, there is no way to just hold her until she stops. WE have to stop, hurting our time, but there are times when we can’t stop her wailing. And sometimes two-year-old Sam joins the chorus. For him, we are stopping at McDonald’s with playground equipment from time to time, something I never appreciated before, so that he can burn off some of his abundant energy. (We’re in a mini-van with our daughter and son-in-law.) It’s OK, though. We are having fun. I keep telling myself.

    (Written from a motel in St. Charles, MO. Almost there!)

  • We had several CCLE conferences at Mequon back when I was there!

    One problem today that we didn’t have in my time is car seats. Babies have to be in them, as do toddlers and even grade schoolers. But when the baby, our granddaughter, starts crying, there is no way to just hold her until she stops. WE have to stop, hurting our time, but there are times when we can’t stop her wailing. And sometimes two-year-old Sam joins the chorus. For him, we are stopping at McDonald’s with playground equipment from time to time, something I never appreciated before, so that he can burn off some of his abundant energy. (We’re in a mini-van with our daughter and son-in-law.) It’s OK, though. We are having fun. I keep telling myself.

    (Written from a motel in St. Charles, MO. Almost there!)

  • Carl Vehse

    Ahhhh, for the good ‘ol days when parents could go hurtling down a two-lane state highway at 70 mph, listening to Perry Como on some AM station, while the kids roamed loose in the back of the station wagon with folded-down seats.

  • Carl Vehse

    Ahhhh, for the good ‘ol days when parents could go hurtling down a two-lane state highway at 70 mph, listening to Perry Como on some AM station, while the kids roamed loose in the back of the station wagon with folded-down seats.

  • Well, Carl, the state of California discovered that was dangerous, and eventually the rest of the country caught on too.

    Dr. Veith, you have my respect for undertaking a road trip with a baby and a two-year-old. You’ll be there soon!

  • Well, Carl, the state of California discovered that was dangerous, and eventually the rest of the country caught on too.

    Dr. Veith, you have my respect for undertaking a road trip with a baby and a two-year-old. You’ll be there soon!

  • fws

    dr vieth! you might want to consider contacting educators in the wels. when I went to high school and presem there, the standard (not elective) was to take 4 years of classical latin. 2 years of classical german, algebra, physics, chemistry, biology, music (choir, and instrument) and sports were also mandatory. the idea I think was to keep the kids busy and so out of trouble.

    if I understand right, the wels (at that time, I don´t know if they have changed all this..) followed the old lcms model. where students studied latin classical german and then in college more latin german along with greek and hebrew. seminary and teachers college then focused on other topics, the language and music skills were already expected to have been mastered.

    all the professors at the colleges were former pastors who had continued to study and master their disciplines. and I DO mean master! each professor was therefore a living model of what a liberal arts education is all about right?

    why reinvent the wheel when there is a decent working model to follow?

  • fws

    dr vieth! you might want to consider contacting educators in the wels. when I went to high school and presem there, the standard (not elective) was to take 4 years of classical latin. 2 years of classical german, algebra, physics, chemistry, biology, music (choir, and instrument) and sports were also mandatory. the idea I think was to keep the kids busy and so out of trouble.

    if I understand right, the wels (at that time, I don´t know if they have changed all this..) followed the old lcms model. where students studied latin classical german and then in college more latin german along with greek and hebrew. seminary and teachers college then focused on other topics, the language and music skills were already expected to have been mastered.

    all the professors at the colleges were former pastors who had continued to study and master their disciplines. and I DO mean master! each professor was therefore a living model of what a liberal arts education is all about right?

    why reinvent the wheel when there is a decent working model to follow?

  • Right, Frank. WELS too has a heritage of classical education. All Lutherans do. Classical education is THE Lutheran educational tradition. (Check out your alma mater to see if they are still doing this. I suspect not.) CCLE is not trying to reinvent the wheel. We are trying to put the wheels back on!

  • Right, Frank. WELS too has a heritage of classical education. All Lutherans do. Classical education is THE Lutheran educational tradition. (Check out your alma mater to see if they are still doing this. I suspect not.) CCLE is not trying to reinvent the wheel. We are trying to put the wheels back on!