A Seventeenth-Century Englishman Explains Why We Need To Take Studying History Seriously

John Seldon was one of the earliest English political philosophers. A recent journal article discussing his contribution to American law and culture points out how well he articulated the importance of studying history in great detail. Selden responds to the claims of universal reason by arguing for a position that can be called historical empiricism. On … Continue reading A Seventeenth-Century Englishman Explains Why We Need To Take Studying History Seriously

Why Every Educated Person Should Know Latin

This excerpt from Charles. E. Bennett’s "The Teaching of Latin in the Secondary School," 1903, comes from Memoria Press's most recent edition of The Classical Teacher, Late Summer 2017. You can get a free copy of that publication by entering your information here. At Redeemer Classial we use Memoria's Latin curricula, starting in First Form. The question as … Continue reading Why Every Educated Person Should Know Latin

Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core

A nationally representative survey of public-school teachers by a pro-Common Core organization found that 48 percent of middle-school teachers, a plurality, say fewer of their students are memorizing basic math formulas or times tables under Common Core. While pluralities of teachers for grades K-5 said their kids' math knowledge has stayed about the same, large numbers … Continue reading Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core

Bob Dylan Says Classic Literature Inspired His Nobel Prize-Winning Poetry

To his own surprise and much public debate, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 and just released his corresponding public lecture. In it, he cites works of classic literature as his inspiration and source material. When I started writing my own songs, the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that … Continue reading Bob Dylan Says Classic Literature Inspired His Nobel Prize-Winning Poetry

‘Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge’

More gold from The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain: The teacher's job is then to mediate that great conversation using a variety of resources such as textbooks, secondary sources and even primary texts from the great natural philosophers and scientists themselves. Crucial passages from Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Faraday are … Continue reading ‘Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge’

How To Read (And Understand!) Einstein

This is one of the best examples of classical education I've seen. It is often difficult to find descriptions to clarify classical education's distinction and promise - this one does both. The quotation is a bit lengthy (so is my commentary) but it's worth it. In his excellent book about Christian classical education, co-author Ravi Scott Jain … Continue reading How To Read (And Understand!) Einstein

New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham discusses some interesting results from a new study that finds good English teachers improved students' learning in math. First, ELA [English literature] teachers may, on average, provide a bigger boost to what are usually called non-cognitive skills: self-regulation, persistence, seeing oneself as belonging in school, and so on. … Continue reading New Study Suggests Good Humanities Instruction Increases Math Knowledge, Too

Why Putting Kids Into School Earlier And Longer Is Counterproductive

Two years ago the New York Times published an article talking about a trend that continues to accelerate: pushing academic instruction and seat time longer and earlier. Twenty years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in … Continue reading Why Putting Kids Into School Earlier And Longer Is Counterproductive