“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 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…

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…

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…

SLAM Interview

Winston Brady is a 2016 graduate of Southeastern Seminary. He now teaches American history, medieval literature, Latin, and logic at Thales Academy, and writes in his spare time. We were intrigued by some of the work he has submitted to SLAM, and we asked him to share his thoughts on literature and the classical tradition….

The Benefits of Writing in Iambic Pentameter

Introduction In freshman year English, my teacher Mr. Johnson assigned a paper on Oedipus Rex that, including its introduction, 2 body paragraphs, and conclusion, could be no longer than 500 words. And, we could not use the verb to be in any of its forms, including “is,” “are,” “am, “be,” and “was.” Undaunted, I deemed him a fool, and…

Latin Loan Words and Phrases in the Gospel of Mark

Introduction The early church attributed the gospel of Mark to Peter’s “secretary,” Mark, who transcribed Peter’s words as Peter preached in Rome. While the church fathers provide ample support for this claim, Mark’s Roman origins have been supplanted of a Syrian-Palestinian provenance due to Mark’s themes and settings. Because Mark’s subject matter better addresses a…

The Ancient Near East & A Classical Education

I remember vividly looking at the syllabus for 9th grade history and wondering, “How will I ever teach an entire semester of Mesopotamian history?” Once the panic attack subsided, I slowly divided the semester into manageable units arranged around the peoples and empires on the syllabus with names like, “Sumer & Akkad,” “The Assyrians,” “The…