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Memory

8 Ideas for Cultivating a Culture of Memory in the Classroom

Further thoughts for cultivating a culture of memory, this time in the classroom: Repeat important things monthly, weekly, daily. Last year my students read Aquinas’s Student’s Prayer at the beginning of class on the first day of each school week, and by the end of the year, all of them could say it by heart. …

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9 Ideas for Cultivating a Culture of Memory at Home

To practice memorization without cultivating a culture of memory is like planting a rosebush in sand. All the water in the world will not bring it to flourishing, for the soil in which it’s planted simply cannot sustain it. The memory of the modern West is similarly arid. The forward-focused euphoria of progress and innovation, …

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Cultivating a Culture of Memory

“Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, the counsel-chamber of thought”: these words, quoted at last month’s CiRCE conference, have continued to percolate in my reflections on what I heard there, helping to rehabilitate the very word “memory” from its eroded modern definition—the mere storing of information, accomplished …

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