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It has been approximately about a month since I last wrote about education.  I have meant to keep an on-going blog to finish this sequence of blogs but I haven’t had the time to do this.  It is my intention to finish discussing some concerns that I have with the current education system today and in later blogs discuss the benefits of a Classical Educational system.  In this particular blog I would like to relay some of my thoughts both for and against public schooling.  (more…)

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 I’m continuing my research into Classical Education, and thought I should touch on the subject of homeschooling. There is an abundance of educational material for those that are being homeschooled in the Classical Tradition.  While I would never wish to take away a parent’s right to school their own child, I do have some reservations about the homeschooling “profession.” Know that it is not my intention to offend or alienate anyone-these (as all blogs are) are simply my opinion. If you agree or disagree, please feel free to comment. Also, I am intently searching for more classical educational information. I have found a great deal of information, but have yet to research any particular curriculum. If you have any information regarding classical education, please don’t hesitate to drop a link. I’m toying with the idea of getting a curriculum degree and beginning a school with a mixed essentialist and classicist curriculum.

 Often to support the case for homeschooling, some point to history and state that most of people from the earliest times have been schooled at home. This is really a vast misunderstanding about schools and the type of education that people received. (more…)

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  What do Christians today actually believe about their faith? For too many people it has become a feel good experience every Sunday. We are raising a generation who has become afraid of learning the Bible and learning about Biblical traditions. Are mainstream denominations afraid to tell people about their theology and doctrines because it might offend? People believe different things about the Bible.  Just because a church has a certain stance in an area of doctrine doesn’t mean that you can’t attend that church.  I find it refreshing to have a church publish their beliefs because than I know exactly what kind of belief structure I am going to encounter.  Some would argue that denominations divide the church, and that we should have more churches which are more non-denominational.  These so called non-denominational churches are honestly like getting the generic brand at Wal-mart.  It’s safe, non-offensive, and you know just what to expect.  But why settle for the cheap version of Christianity?  These churches can’t offer too much in deep theological thinking, unless they are willing to risk actually finding out what the people in their congregations believe.  Also, what kind of spiritual food can be offered at such generic churches?  Answer: Generic sermons (more…)

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In Defense of Cognitive Psychology and against the Destructive Nature of Constructivism

While I defend a balanced view of psychological thinking, and even educational philosophy, I have to defend those areas which I think are especially important and have come under attack in recent years.  This blog is in support of the Classical Education Model and uses contemporary cognitive psychology to give the Classical Model strength from outside sources.  (Good Reading : Daniel Willingham, Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom) (more…)

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I will be doing a series of blogs in defense of Classical Education.  In order to fully understand how important I believe a new curriculum is needed in the U.S., one needs to understand basic historical background of the current development of our modern curriculum. 

Some of this essay deals with the Social Studies curriculum and American Citizenship.  However, I tried to re-write the essay to apply to all modern curriculums.  (more…)

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