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Buck Holler

Buck Holler is a former horse trainer and rodeo cowboy from Red Bluff, CA. After receiving more injuries than winnings he retired from the rodeo circuit to study theology and languages at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Leaving the beautiful New England campus he jumped back into the arena of secondary education as a teacher. Buck first joined The CiRCE Institute as an apprentice in 2007. In 2009, he moved to NC with his wife and three daughters, teaching, farming, and raising animals. He leads an East Coast Apprenticeship with The CiRCE Institute as a head mentor, and, mirabile dictu, leads CiRCE's first Latin Apprenticeship aimed to promote and support the study of Latin in Latin.

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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Why Teach Classically?

The reason for teaching classically is that it attends to the nature of the child and the nature of learning. When we teach this way we appropriately honor both the child and the subject. Classical instruction accomplishes this by making use of two modes of instruction: Socratic, and what is called Mimetic, which I will …

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