“No One Way to School” Review

Berner, Ashley Rogers. No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 185. $22.00. Dr. Ashley Berner’s No One Way to School presents a unique approach to solving the dilemmas of American education. While debates continue over vouchers, charter schools, and Common Core, No One Way to School suggests…

Textbook: “Classical Curriculum & Western Ethics”

What does it mean to be human? What constitutes the good life, and how can I find it? What makes an action right? Is the rightness or wrongness of an action determined by the consequences of the action, the motives behind doing the action, or is there something about the action itself that makes it…

Textbook: “Western Art”

How might an art history textbook be arranged to suit the needs of a Classical curriculum? What works of art would be included in such a curricular resource, so that by studying such works, students would develop a genuine love of learning and appreciate the painters, sculptors, and patrons of the Western tradition? How might…

What Being a Dad Has Taught Me about Education

This blog originally appeared on the CiRCE Institute’s website at https://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/what-being-dad-baby-has-taught-me-about-classical-education As a new dad, I have learned many new things in caring for my baby son, Hunter: He does not like the dark or his naptime, but he loves the sound of the vacuum cleaner, when his tummy gets rubbed, or being carried on my shoulder….

What Would John Dewey Do About Automation?

This article originally appeared on the blog of the Acton Institute, a thinktank based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please check out their site at https://acton.org/about. If you know the name John Dewey, you may associate him with the decline of American education. Many believe that the absence of intellectual rigor and the lack of responsibility in schools…

Review of “Entrepreneurial Life” by Robert Luddy

This article originally appeared on the blog of the Acton Institute, a thinktank based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please check out their site at https://acton.org/about. Of all the schools founded by Robert Luddy, author of the new book Entrepreneurial Life: The Path from Startup to Market Leader, not one of them has a cafeteria. The schools have…

Getting the classics back in the classroom

I am a high school English and History teacher at a small Classical school in Raleigh, North Carolina. I wrote this article on the tenets of a Classical education that was recently picked up on the North State Journal (available here). Here is the article in full: Before we discuss what Classical education is, let’s dispel a…

Awesome Things My Wife Does #3

The mornings are both hectic and lonely. I wake up at the latest 5:30 (even then, I feel like I am running late), read the Bible and pound coffee, shower, and head out the door for a 35 minute commute for school. I try to be as quiet as I can to avoid waking up both…

Awesome Things My Wife Does #2

I am incredibly blessed to have an absolutely beautiful and incredibly thrifty wife, Rachel. To help our budget stretch a little bit each month, Rachel braves the wild and untamed reaches of Aldi Super Market near downtown Raleigh. Aldi is a discount grocery store that sells private label brands at a fraction of the cost…

Awesome Things My Wife Does #1

I am blessed to have one amazing wife, and the first of many such things she does that is in fact awesome is making candles to give out as Christmas presents this year. This is awesome because both Christmas presents and candles are insanely expensive, whereas making candles are cheap. My wife took old mason…

The Screwtape Lectures: A Greek Hope

The CiRCE Institute was kind enough to publish this piece entitled, “The Screwtape Lectures: A Greek Hope.” This will be a series of essays modeled after C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, with Screwtape teaching a remedial class on “tempting.” Each month, Screwtape will survey an important historical event or period from the vantage of a demon….

Thales Key Texts

I had the privilege of speaking today at the North Carolina Social Studies Conference on a primary source book I have been editing as part of my work at Thales Academy. Here is a copy of my conference talk, plus a few links to the book, Thales Key Texts. The work is a primary source reader…