Posts Tagged ‘Education’

10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child: Book Review

Anthony Esolen’s book, 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, probably has the best cover of any book published in paperback. Despite the old proverb about judging books by their covers, this modern In Praise of Folly could draw in even a reader who didn’t know that Esolen is a...
August 18th, 2014 | 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

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

Education: Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

Joe Carter summarized the debate rather nicely, including two opposing viewpoints, over at the Gospel Coalition this past week: The Issue: Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, the producers of the History channel’s hit mini-series The Bible, recentlyargued in the Wall Street Journal that...
March 13th, 2013 | Education | Read More

Utter Failure: Learning to Drive a Stick Shift

There’s a chasm of difference between doing what you knew you could and doing what you thought you couldn’t. When I was 14, my dad bought a black sedan we called Shadow. At the dealer, he selected one particular attribute because, “You’re about to start driving”: Shadow...
February 5th, 2013 | Education | Read More

The Experience of Education

In spite of engaging in formal education every year since I was five, I never spent any time analyzing the process itself. It seemed odd to do so. It would be like considering deeply how I was breathing; useful, perhaps, but ultimately boring. Classrooms felt roughly analogous regardless of what state...
September 27th, 2012 | Education, Featured | Read More

Teaching with Portals: Why Gaming may have Educational Value

If you are a gamer, at least one who is not exclusively tied to consoles, this last week was potentially painful. It was a blissful sort of pain, though, since Steam’s now famous Summer Sale happened. Many gamers flock and buy what would constitute tons of discs worth of entertainment, were it...
July 24th, 2012 | Culture, Education, Featured, Gaming | Read More

Practical Education: People are too Complex for Simple Answers

Academic vs. vocational. Should we train high school and college students in history, philosophy, and biology or in industrial arts, computers, and accounting. I’m not the most practical person in the world (and proud of it). But, in this case, it’s a lot of money and policy invested in one...
July 23rd, 2012 | Education, Featured | Read More

But Seriously, Folks: Pineapples and Standardized Tests

The absurd talking pineapple story found in an 8th grade standardized test is not a new phenomenon--it’s been sighted on tests in several states in the past seven years and has been the subject of much discussion online since at least 2007. It’s only in the past few days, however, that the...
April 23rd, 2012 | Education | Read More