Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Some Stuff I’ve Learned Since Graduating

I graduated from college about a year and a half ago, so by now I definitely know all about how life works and I’m able to pass on my infinite wisdom to this year’s grads. I’m kidding, of course. But I have learned some things about life since I graduated, both from intaking wisdom and inspiration...
June 2nd, 2014 | Education, Other | Read More

Even the Holocaust is Open to Skeptical Manhandling

Openness is a form of vulnerability. Openness to question, openness to explore, openness to reach bold conclusions and overturn tradition: all the graybeard warnings about change are, to some extent, right. Openness and vulnerability are not necessarily good things, taken by themselves. In the Rialto...
May 14th, 2014 | Education, Philosophy | Read More

Rooted in Love–What We Can Learn From the Flowers

Humans have an innate appreciation for nature.  Except for the occasional bee sting or troublesome allergies, nature often enchants all of our senses.  Smelling the crisp scent of evergreens, tasting the salty sea air, feeling the soft grass against our toes, hearing the chirping of the birds, and...
March 31st, 2014 | Education, Worldviews | Read More

If You Listen Carefully, at the End You’ll Be Somebody Else

My grandmother is a storyteller. She has long, curly, red hair and flowers on her jeans. She looks at you like she knows a secret, and she does. If you think you’re too old to sit down and listen to a story from a woman with curly red hair and paint on her shoes, you are taking yourself too seriously....
March 27th, 2014 | Culture, Education | Read More

Living a “Christ-Centered” Life is Nobody’s Job but Your Own

I recently saw an online advertisement for a Christian university. The banner across the top of my webpage featured smiling students and, following the name of the school, the tagline, “A Christ-centered education.” This advertisement, like those for many other Christian universities, implies...
March 24th, 2014 | Church, Education, Religion | Read More

Blessed are the Unsuccessful

Whenever I can, I like to begin my 10th grade English classes like this: “Someday, you are going to die and no one is going to remember you. Whether you graduated from Harvard, became a successful businessperson, or worked as a janitor, the chances of the history books actually remembering you are...
February 28th, 2014 | Education | Read More

Question from Harry Potter: Is It Real or Just in My Head?

Editor’s note: This week, we’re running a series on questions, inspired by Matthew Lee Anderson’s book, The End of Our Exploring. We reviewed his book here. There’s a great deal going on this week: buy one copy of Matt’s book, and you can give one away for free. Check...
July 9th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Education, Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

On Highbrow Christianity

Opera, classical music, wine tasting, craft beer, classical languages and literature: all these things exemplify highbrow taste. Highbrow interests require education and development of the ability to appreciate certain things, so arts that only developed agrarian or industrial cultures can produce (opera,...
July 2nd, 2013 | Apologetics, Church, Education, Evangelicals, Religion | Read More

The Novelty of the Old

Throughout my schooling career, teachers have instructed me to say something new, to “contribute something unique to scholarly research.” This has always been frustrating because of its obvious impossibility. I cannot say anything truly new when scholars have been writing on the same subjects for...
June 26th, 2013 | Education | Read More

You Were Right about those Grammar Worksheets being Pointless

By and large, the research is pretty clear: putting grammar worksheets in front of students and diagramming sentences simply does not improve student writing or correct grammar. I have officially lost your interest. After all, what subject is less interesting than grammar? But bear with me for a moment...
March 25th, 2013 | Education | Read More