Posts tagged Great Books
From Greeks to Geeks: The Classical Liberal Arts as the Best Foundation for STEM

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.

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The Lost Purpose of Learning: An Interview with Joseph Clair

Dr. Joseph Clair serves as Director of the William Penn Honors Program and Associate Dean for the Liberal Arts at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Kyler Schubkegel, a current student in the William Penn Honors Program, had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Clair about his recent book On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2018). That interview is excerpted below.

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Common Ground for Great Texts: Part III

When choosing expository texts, the most important criterion to follow is this: Great expository texts from the past illuminate historical reality, including our own. They form a body of knowledge that helps students understand the world for which they will be increasingly responsible.

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Common Ground for Great Texts: Part II

When we are looking for works of imaginative literature, we should choose texts that move us to feel more deeply the human condition and to see more clearly the life we have in common.

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Common Ground for Great Texts: Part I

For all of us who teach in classical programs, we want our students to read great texts: the finest poems, plays, novels, and stories and the most exceptional readings in history, theology, politics, and philosophy. How does a book make it onto the list of great texts?

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Great Teachers Open Up the World

Great teachers open up the world for their students. They lovingly point the way to newfound horizons and give their students the intellectual equipment they need to go as far as they can go. As this is the start of a new school year, I want to honor three teachers in my life. Each of them was different in age, appearance, and personality, but all three were impressive human beings who extended great gifts to me.

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