Monthly Archives: January 2012

Modern education and Specialization…a digression

Among the chief marks by which the “modern school” distinguishes itself from the “classical school” is its adherence to the educational doctrine that proposes specialization as a virtue. The doctrine of “specialization” asserts that every student ought to become a … Continue reading

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Liberal education, Aristotle and Catharsis

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Liberal Education and the Slavery to Passion

  I had mentioned before that liberal education is an education that “frees” the student specifically from four types of slavery.  It might be worth mentioning that while liberal education is wonderfully useful in advancing the happiness of a human … Continue reading

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Here’s a million dollars…now do you still want to go to school?

I ask my students students from time to time why they want to “get an education.” These days the expected answer is of course “so that I can get a good job and make a great deal of money.” “Great!” … Continue reading

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Jean Henri Fabre and the Purpose of Mountains

Even though Jean Henri Fabre is best known for his prolific writings and investigations of the insect world, I am enjoying his work on the earth, This Earth of Ours, in which he discusses the entire inanimate world around us. … Continue reading

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“Widen your Hearts” How?….. By Catholic classical education of course!

It struck me afresh how important Catholic liberal education is to the very life of the Church. Think about how heartening the sight would be to our 84 year old Holy Father, if he could see young people learning Latin, … Continue reading

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Liberal Education….Why bother?

Liberal education, why would anyone want to do that? Those of us who are proponents of classical liberal education have an uphill battle to fight. Even the phrase “liberal education” would seemingly have to be abandoned simply because of the … Continue reading

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Learning Latin

Among the many reasons to learn Latin the least important (although a sufficient reasons in itself) is to learn how to speak Latin. A much better reason to learn Latin is to learn how to speak (and write) English! Learning … Continue reading

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