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Buck Holler

Buck Holler is a former horse trainer and rodeo cowboy from Red Bluff, CA. Retiring from the rodeo circuit, Buck headed to New England to study theology and languages at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2001. Since then he has worked as an educator and administrator in CA, New York City, and eastern NC. Buck first joined The CiRCE Institute as an apprentice in 2007, became a head mentor for the East Coast III apprenticeship in 2017, began the Latin Apprenticeship in 2019, and now serves in Concord, NC as CiRCE’s director of consulting.

Guided Reading

How ought reading be taught? Notice that the question asks “how ought” not “how can”. The question bears a subsequent inquiry: what should my students read? One technique I have grown increasing aware of is children sitting in small groups reading little paperback pamphlets about animals, the seasons, plants, and daily life bearing lots of

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Knowing our Place

Oversimplification signifies a separation from one’s place. By place, I am referring to the physical-geographical locale of one’s habitation. The place where I live. Much of the language I hear from students, from adults, and from our shared culture reflects the overwhelming attempt to simplify things, to simplify everything.Food, literature, transportation, tools, conversation, communication, relationships,

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What History Class?

During the past decade or so, educational policy and practice appear to have focused more and more upon developing the worker at the expense of developing the citizen. Charles N. Quigley The NYT ran a piece lamenting the declining test scores of American students regarding their basic civics education. It appears that our students are

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