Category Archives: Liberal Arts

Classical Education and the Common Core

“Therefore, we ought to follow what is common”. Thus exhorted the philosopher Heraclitus in the seventh century B.C., and in our own time the governors and education commissioners of 45 states, as well as over 100 Catholic diocesan school systems … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess With Newman!

It’s already been three years since his inauguration as the president of Catholic University of America, but I still haven’t forgiven John Garvey, for his mildly disparaging remarks about Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. Now don’t get me wrong here. I … Continue reading

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Wisely and Slow: Salutary Advice For Students In The New Year

ROMEO O, let us hence; I stand on sudden haste. FRIAR LAURENCE Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. Students in general grow impatient with the advice of Friar Laurence. I don’t blame them. I, too, sometimes find myself wanting answers … Continue reading

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Homer Sightings

Souvlaki! We all know that Liberal education is what enables a person to become wise to some extent. Without pursuing it to the best of our abilities, without becoming acquainted with the tradition of the West, without receiving and being informed by the intellectual … Continue reading

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The Common Core…Uh-Oh….

Suddenly any jocose banter about the Common Core (aka ObamaCore) doesn’t seem so amusing anymore. As a matter of fact, after seeing this video of a friendly looking and intelligent fellow American being abruptly and unceremoniously dragged out of a public meeting, … Continue reading

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No Royal Road

We remain convinced that The Lyceum and the many (growing and increasing!) new small Catholic independent schools across the nation are, indeed, part of the solution to the ongoing crisis in education. It is ironic that the solution these little schools … Continue reading

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All Hail the Common Core!

Amazing! I thought that public schools could not adopt a curriculum that is any more utilitarian than they already have! But thanks to the new almost universally adopted so-called “Common Core” we can look forward to an even more pragmatic … Continue reading

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“Everyone Can Be And Should Be Given a Liberal Education”

As I was searching for a particular statement that Mortimer Adler made somewhere I found an interesting article that he wrote for the University of Chicago Magazine in 1945. I still cannot find the particular thing that he said that … Continue reading

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The Elective System in Education: A Denial That Nature Acts For An End.

As we have argued elsewhere the question “does nature act for an end” is of the utmost significance for everybody. Of the important lessons to be learned from a Catholic classical education, that nature acts for an end, is perhaps the … Continue reading

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Where And When Was Catholic Classical Education Revived?

The Lion and Ox did not make a mention in this recent article put out by the folks at CNN. I think it is a pretty good report generally. It is about as good a description as one could expect … Continue reading

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