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Devin O'Donnell

Devin O’Donnell is the author of THE AGE OF MARTHA. He has taught and worked in classical learning for over 15 years. In 2009, he and some crazy families founded a classical Christian school in California, where he later served as headmaster. In 2015, he was Research Editor of Bibliotheca. Currently, he is the Director of Family & Community Education at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy. He also teaches Great Books and is a classical hack, who came up through the manhole covers of learned society to find wisdom.

What grievous sin have students committed by 8 o’clock in the morning?

A dialogue with a parent, regarding the practice of confessing sins at Morning Prayer (the form of which is taken from the Book of Common Prayer). It’s early. Sunlight pours into the riparian valley on which the campus of the classical Christian school sits. The Rhetoric School begins to gather at the doors of the …

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Why Leisure Can Save You from Hell (Or, Don’t Go to Lunch Just Yet)

In That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis tells the story of Mark Studdock, a servile man who ironically comes to realize his true freedom in the limitation of a jail cell. However unpleasant it may be, we have it on good authority that “being at close quarters with death” can actually be good medicine for the …

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The Real and the Fake (Or Why Rhetoric Schools Matter)

So your students can give the right answers with deference and aplomb. They can promote with articulate clarity the correct worldview. And when they graduate, top of the class, their erudition will no doubt attract the most selective colleges. But what about their habits and tastes? What happens when our students end up listening only …

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