Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers
'Major distraction': school dumps iPads, returns to paper textbooks
…I once had a janitor compare his mystical experiences with those of the medieval Sufi al-Ghazali’s. I once had a student of redneck parents—his way of describing them—who read both parts of Don Quixote because I used the word “quixotic.” A mother who’d authorized for her crippled son a risky surgery that led to his death once asked me with tears in her eyes, “Is Kant right that the consequences of an action play no role in its moral worth?” A wayward veteran I once had in Basic Reasoning fell in love with formal logic and is now finishing law school at Berkeley.
The fire will always be sparked. Are we going to fan it, or try to extinguish it?
From The Atlantic:
Acclaimed Princeton professor to America’s high schools: Please send us students who can think for themselves
For the past five years, Reddam House's primary and junior high school classes have used e-textbooks on iPads. But the consistent feedback from the students has been that they preferred pages to screens. Teachers also found the iPads were distracting and did not contribute to students' technology skills…
From The Sydney Morning Herald:
Interview With Fr. Laracy
Especially notable for those of us in the K–12 realm: At the end, he issued a plea to everyone involved in high school education to beat back the ideological conformity that he’s seeing in the students arriving on campus, newly minted high school graduates who…
…think what, evidently, they think they are supposed to think. They seem to have absorbed uncritically progressive ideology and they embrace it zealously, obediently, and alas dogmatically as a faith, as a kind of religion…
From the Fordham Institute:
Students' Broken Moral Compasses
An excellent interview with Fr. Joseph R. Laracy, faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University, and noted author of several publications, including An Experiment in Interdisciplinary STEM Education: Insights from the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. In this interview, Fr. Laracy explores the role of faith in academic scholarship. OLMC is thrilled to have earned the strong endorsement of Fr Laracy.
From The Heart of the Hall:
Classical music – just give children the chance to love it
To fail to teach good character is to teach bad character.
Schools are directly contributing to the malformation of souls.
From The Atlantic:
Stop Talking About Student Achievement
Children are hard-wired to appreciate classical music, if only given the opportunity to hear it with an open mind. At OLMC, we honor their natural thirst for artistic complexity and beauty.
From The Guardian:
Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today
"It's not that we shouldn't discuss standardized test results, but we should stop pretending that they represent some larger truth...by using lazy substitution, we end up like a tourist sitting beside the Grand Canyon looking at a handful of pebbles and imagining that those pebbles tell us everything we need to know about the vast beautiful vista that we are not bothering to see."
When Success Leads to Failure
The differences between school reading lists of today versus those of one hundred years ago are stark. Does the required reading of most schools today shortchange our children by eliminating some of the most highly significant and important works of history?
From Intellectual TakeOut:
The Machine Stops
Her child has sacrificed her natural curiosity and love of learning at the altar of achievement, and it’s our fault. Marianna’s parents, her teachers, society at large—we are all implicated in this crime against learning.
From The Atlantic:
Information is not the same as knowledge, and today's culture is increasingly bewitched by the former while losing all sense of the latter. At OLMC, we form students’ minds and hearts to process information in pursuit of knowledge that they may gain wisdom.
From The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/the-machine-stops