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Day: October 18, 2010

AUDIO WEEKLY: 10/19/10

The following talk, presented at the 2005 CiRCE Conference by Laura Berquist, author of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and The Harp and Laurel Wreath, and, alongside her husband, a 2009 recipient of the Paideia Prize, examines the role assessment and standardized testing should have in the classical school – or home school. Neither are …

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“Abscence of Mind”

Pulitzer Prize-winning literary matron Marilynne Robinson has earned our respect and attention as the author of such superb fiction as Gilead and Housekeeping, and of sharp-yet-compassionate criticism as in The Death of Adam. Her latest offering, The Absence of Mind, issues a challenge to ‘new atheists,’ to politicians, to psychologists, to all who campaign against …

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Education and Apologetics

My first talk at the NAC was about Education and Apologetics. I would call it something like a “Pre-apologetics” or “Preparation for Apologetics” talk. Let me provide some context. Apologetics is not easy and its effects on Christians might not always be benign. Apologetics is an intellectual activity and it requires first rate intellectual training …

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Disney vs. Grimm

Image via Wikipedia My wife recently wrote an essay for her college English class comparing Disney’s 1950 film Cinderella to the literary version told by the Grimm brothers. The contrast was revealing. Whether deliberate or incidental, the Disney version seems to effortlessly recast the story within a fantasy world of dreams without consideration or reference …

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