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Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning

Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning

2021: The idea of planning curriculum from the portrait of the graduate you want backward to where you then need to begin is wise and in alignment with ancient educators. However, fitting all subjects we want to teach today into the 7 liberal arts structure seems like shoehorning and inappropriate appropriation of terms. It seems the authors wanted to set themselves apart from other contemporary classical education books, but roots in history and philosophy are not evident, nor is the fact that in practice they are much different from those they'd like to differentiate from. Given another 10 years, I think this will be a forgettable title of the movement.

2009: "The authors promote a "trivium refers to subjects only" perspective, but not a classicist's classical education. Their emphasis was on raising activists who can speak well in order to persuade."

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A sweet, well-told "flashback" novel of a boy in the 40s and the widower he became in the 80s.

Begun and finished in February 2021. Audio.

Recommended by my friend Elly; we read it together to talk about.

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The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

I've been reading this book since 2014. It has sparked Scholé Sisters episodes, articles, and many intramural conversations about the nature of education.

Even though I'm not finished with this anthology yet, I highly recommend it.

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Humanist Educational Treatises

Humanist Educational Treatises

Begun February 2021.

Reading for my NSA grad class on the history of classical Christian education.

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Institutes of the Christian Religion

Institutes of the Christian Religion

Begun August 2019.

I'm reading this with my high schoolers and my friend and her high schoolers over 2 years. When we finish, we'll start over again with our next set of teens. Do be sure to get the Ford Lewis Battles translation, not Beveridge.

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Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture Volume I: Archaic Greece

Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture Volume I: Archaic Greece

Begun in 2017 after recording a Scholé Sisters episode with Eric Hall ("Philosophy for Mommies"), where he mentioned them. It wasn't the first time I'd heard Jaeger's books mentioned, so I hit "buy" on Amazon mid-recording. Brandy ordered them shortly thereafter and we have done an intermittent recorded book club on it for the last 2 years. In two years, we've discussed 7 chapters.

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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

For the last 3 years I've used the Bible Reading Challenge to read the Bible in 9 months, plus the New Testament again in the summer.

Be in the Word! Make it the first thing you read.

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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

Begun in November 2020 with a Scholé Sistership book club.

Read via audio in 2013 and wrote: "I listened to it on audio and feel my appetite was merely whetted; I need to actually read it now."

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Begun in February 2021.

Reading with Pam Barnhill as part of our mastermind group.

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