Education works through habit
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So I began the section in The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being of selections from Aristotle this week, which included portions of Nicomachean Ethics. And that’s amusing to me because I have two different translations of that title here on my desk still. I read different selections in preparation for the next Scholé Sisters podcast, which is recorded but will come out May 13. The section I read in The Great … Read More

Education is all about language skills
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In this section from The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being I felt validated in choosing English as my major and in my homeschooling approach. Classical education bills itself as strong in language – and it is – but lately it seems the voices want to clarify that Wednesdays here in 2016 I will be sharing a quote and a musing. I’d love to get some discussion going about what it means … Read More

What’s education good for?

Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?” Today, Isocrates reminds us of the point – or, at least, one point. The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being is a collection of the writings about education from Plato to the modern era, the writings that have informed the development of western civilization and classical education. Most Wednesdays here in 2016 … Read More

Reordering Loves, Organizing Attitudes, Being Happy
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An organized attitude, scholé, and ordo amoris are all tightly connected, at least in my mind. The threads are coming together in the book Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness which I purchased and began chiefly on the strength of the title. Of course I checked out the author and a few reviews, but the title had me. I’ve not been disappointed. Virtue is Happiness Virtue is my word of the year for 2015, and it … Read More

Following the Liberal Arts Path
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I am trying to hold myself back from devouring The Liberal Arts Tradition. Going back to craft a post around a particular thought is helping me slow down and process what I’m reading, so there will be several more posts about this book. Next up, in fact, I will try my hand at summarizing their definitions of each of the seven liberal arts. I’ve never been so compelled by the list as I have been in their treatment of each … Read More

Why You Want to Give Up Homeschooling
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It’s February. Like clockwork homeschool moms hit burn out mode this time of year. Yes, it might be cloudy skies, lack of sleep, or holiday sugar-binges catching up with us, but if it’s a serious case – a break-the-pencils, I-quit sort of case – we will probably need to dig a little deeper. You know I’ve said you have to have a homeschool vision and you need solid principles, but these February days are where the rubber meets the roads and … Read More

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