Recently, Sir Roger Scruton, one of the world’s most prominent philosophers and writers, flew into Washington, D.C., to deliver some talks. Even in his busy schedule, he carved out some time to sit down with Andrew Zwerneman and talk about education. What follows is a transcript of that interview.
About three weeks ago, Michael Ortner (Cana Academy's Chairman of the Board) delivered this talk at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education's National Catholic Classical Schools Conference on July 25, 2018. We previously published the text of the talk; but now we are pleased to share with you the official video from the event. Enjoy!
I think it's really important that we have a generation that are starting to read. We look at the English language and it's really becoming something that's almost Neanderthal. It's just that we're training a young generation that has a vocabulary of about 800 words. Can't we expand that to 4,000? A thesaurus could expand that vocabulary, and it would help you enrich your argument. So I think that's very important. The other thing is that we're really starving for people that have reference. We suffer from the arrogance of the present.
A continuation of Andrew Zwerneman’s conversation with renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson, originally recorded as part of our Sources series on history and culture. You can read the first part of the interview here. What follows is part two of three.
I am here to help dispel the rather insidious myth that in order to have a fulfilling career in business, or technology, or engineering, or become a tech entrepreneur, or even be a competent user of technology in whatever career you choose, that your K-12 education must include a heavy dose of computers; that every child must walk around with laptops or ipads and learn programs like PowerPoint and Google Docs before moving on to an intensive STEM curriculum in middle school and high school. While this all seems silly at face value to many of us in both the tech sector and the classical education world, it remains a trap for many schools and many parents.
This past February, Cana Academy’s Andrew Zwerneman sat down with renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson and conducted an hour-long interview, recorded as part of our Sources series on history and culture. Recently, we transcribed the interview and thought that our readers would find the text of interest. What follows is part one of three.
Father James V. Schall, S.J., taught political philosophy at Georgetown University for more than five decades. He continues to be one of our nation’s most prolific writers on life’s most important questions. In 2012 he retired from university life and now lives in the Jesuit community in Los Gatos, California. This year he turned ninety. Cana Academy is grateful and honored that Father Schall agreed to an interview with our president, Andrew Zwerneman.