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Weekly Web Roundup: 9/13

For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we’ve been reading this week.

“When we enjoy these shows, we participate in an ancient tradition that is strikingly similar to what our ancestors watched, while the sea breeze ruffled their tunics as they sat beneath the night sky on the curved stone steps of an amphitheater in fifth-century BC Athens.”

“It is hard to avoid the impression that Kentucky’s science standards, rather than being an educational document, are trying to be some kind of global-warming manifesto. This is unfortunate because it only clouds the legitimate goals of a science education.”

“Many of the prayers are prayers about her writing. She wants to write well, and she knows she cannot without God’s assistance. A number of the prayers express her deep sense that the stories that she writes are gifts from God, even co-authored with God”

“What appalls me most about the standards … is the cavalier contempt for great works of human art and thought, in literary form. It is a sheer ignorance of the life of the imagination. We are not programming machines. We are teaching children. We are not producing functionaries, factory-like. We are to be forming the minds and hearts of men and women… to be human beings, honoring what is good and right and cherishing what is beautiful.”

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