Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers

…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:


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'Major distraction': school dumps iPads, returns to paper textbooks

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:


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Acclaimed Princeton professor to America’s high schools: Please send us students who can think for themselves

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:


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OLMC Alum Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Latin

Morris Catholic freshman Jude Huresky (OLMC ‘18) was recently inducted into the National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society, an extraordinary accomplishment for any student and unheard of for a lower classman. Induction into the Honor Society is a special designation given to students who have demonstrated “outstanding academic achievement and citizenship in Latin class.”

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OLMC Announces New School Mascot!

He represents the sacred. In Hellenic thought he was associated with Zeus, Apollo, Leto, and Artemis; he was understood to have harnessed the energy of the sun. In Christian tradition, he is a symbol of Christ, announcing the light that follows even the blackest night. He was present at one of the darkest moments in all of human history, when Christ was abandoned by his best friend; yet he sang out not to condemn, but rather to announce the redemptive grace offered by every new day…

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Interview With Fr. Laracy

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:


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OLMC Launches New Group Dedicated to the Rosary

As St. Augustine once famously pointed out, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Most of the ills that plague us both as individuals and as a species can be traced back to this restlessness…Prayer, by contrast, is one of the most powerful antidotes to human restlessness because it restores the heart to its rightful place in God. The Rosary is particularly efficacious in this for a number of reasons…

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