Category Archives: classical education

A Case for Bribery

How appalling! I am absolutely shocked! Simply dumbfounded! How could anyone do something so wicked? I mean, can you imagine bribing an admission officer at a prestigious college or university? Who would ever dream of such a thing? How could … Continue reading

Posted in aeschylus, catholic education, classical education, college, Socrates, truth for its own sake | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Why We Read Herodotus

Reading Herodotus with students in the ninth and tenth grade presents some challenges. I always tell them not to worry if they don’t feel like they are understanding it on the first read. That is the way Great Books are. … Continue reading

Posted in classical education, Herodotus, History, Newman | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Do Children Know How to Educate Themselves?

Whatever one may say about our twenty-eighth president’s views about The United States’ role as promoter of democracy and capitalism and interventionism throughout the world, I think we have to give him whole-hearted applause for his views on authentic liberal … Continue reading

Posted in classical education, education, liberal education, truth for its own sake | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

It’s Never Too Late to Become Educated

Every serious discussion about Catholic Liberal Education (which I call “Catholic Classical Education” sheerly for marketing purposes) must perforce dwell at considerable length from time to time on Homer and his works- especially the Iliad and the Odyssey. And this is because, as … Continue reading

Posted in catholic education, classical education, Homer, Homer Sightings, Latin, Liberal Arts, liberal education, Wisdom | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Classical Catholic Education and Sacred Music!

The Catholic classical school is the proper place for the formation of students in sacred music. Every student should sing. Every student can sing. No exceptions. The Church depends on it. Lyceum students demonstrated the truth of this once again! … Continue reading

Posted in beauty, classical education, liberal education, Sacred Music, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Liberal Education Works Vol:18

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Wall Street Journal. Why? Well it’s simple. Some decision maker at the Journal has a predilection for classical studies. There is a calendar on the wall in their editorial headquarters … Continue reading

Posted in classical education, Liberal Arts, liberal education, liberal education works, philosophy, Work | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Follow Your Passions

As the Israelites wandered forty years in the desert before entering the promised land, so Christians traverse the forty days of Lent (which might seem like 40 years to some of us!). God led the The Israelites out of Egypt through … Continue reading

Posted in catholic education, classical education, fashion, liberal education, slavery, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Five Good Reasons to Avoid Being Educated

Sometimes in life we need to face difficult truths.  If we have been on the wrong side of an issue, we need to be open to change, and open to declaring an “about-face.” Even if it hurts! And so, after … Continue reading

Posted in catholic education, classical education, college, education, liberal education, Newman, Socrates, truth for its own sake | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

In Education, The End Depends On The Beginning.

Incidentally, I haven’t read much of the Roman poet Manlius who “flourished” in the first century AD. But his famous line “Finisque ab origine pendet” from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as … Continue reading

Posted in beauty, catholic education, classical education, education, liberal education, truth for its own sake | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Three Reasons Why Catholic Classical Education is a Tough Sell

Genuine Catholic education appears to be a product which doesn’t sell itself. That was a bit of a surprise for me when I was a freshly minted teacher. Naturally, I thought that an excellent school would flourish immediately. Word about the … Continue reading

Posted in catholic education, classical education, liberal education | Tagged , , | 12 Comments