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Rachel Woodham

Rachel Woodham has a BA in Russian Language and Literature and is a graduate student of Great Books at Harrison Middleton University. A classical educator for the last decade, she now homeschools her three all-time favorite students.

The Still Point: Wisdom’s Lecture Hall, Virtue’s Practicum

In high school, my literary opinions were as absolute as they were ill-considered. T. S. Eliot did not escape unscathed; he wrote poems about cats, and I had thoughts. My reasoned criticism amounted to a judgment that T. S. Eliot was a moron. I do not remember how much later I re-encountered his poetry, only …

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Like a Rat Without a Tail; or, Education Beyond Behaviorism

In 1971, behaviorist B. F. Skinner published one of his later works, Beyond Freedom and Dignity, providing insight into his troubling philosophy and anthropology. Because the challenges of the modern world are apocalyptic, he argues, we need to make sweeping changes to human behavior. This should be accomplished by new technology, a technology of behavior. …

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Ask and See: Hope for the Fledgling Classical Educator

My first year teaching at a classical school was a uniquely challenging year. I knew very little about classical education. Though I had years of experience teaching English as a second language overseas, neither this experience nor my degree in Russian prepared me to teach classically. When the school year began my firstborn was not …

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