Tag: Education

Insights from Our Ancestors

In the late 1980s I was invited to Singapore to help their Curriculum Development Institute develop a program in critical and creative thinking. I first visited classrooms to observe teachers and students at work and also spoke with students outside...

Anyone Can Homeschool

“Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere.” -Anton Ego, “Ratatouille” The public and most Catholic schools are not set up for healthy emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth for...

Welcome to Topsy-Turvydom

Erika López Prater was an adjunct professor of Art History at Hamline University. Her course syllabus included a warning that the art to be discussed contained images of religious figures. She also advised students that if they had any concerns...

The Jesuit Paideia

The early 20th century Catholic apologist, G. K. Chesterton, lamented about the sorry state of education. In his view, the main fact about education is that it does not exist. As he perceived it in England, there was little direct integration or...

A Beacon of Hope in the Darkness

A few years ago, after the Supreme Court miraculously found a right to so-called “gay marriage,” I wrote an article entitled “My Child the Bigot.” In the piece, I predicted that any student attending a public school would rarely be permitted to...

A Glaring Occasion of Sin

A good friend sent me a statement charging Fox News with “inexcusably” violating “elementary canons of journalism” in its handling of the Coronavirus. It was signed by a large number of professors and journalists. I am sure my friend intended to...

Why Aren’t America’s Problems Being Solved?

The United States has had a border problem for decades and both political parties have blamed each other, promised to solve it if elected, failed to do anything about it when elected, and then blamed the other side for their failure. The same is...

Ideas That Are Destroying America

Many writers have lamented America’s moral and intellectual decline but few have identified the cause. I submit that it is the cluster of ideas known as Relativism. First popularized by J. J. Rousseau in the eighteenth century as Romanticism, these...