Christine Norvell lives and works in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, as a humanities teacher and as the Upper School Dean for Sager Classical Academy. She’s a senior contributor for The Imaginative Conservative and has also written for The University Bookman, Circe Institute, and StoryWarren. Norvell is also the author of Till We Have Faces: A Reading Companion.
I was encouraged by Sosler and all the many ways he connected love and knowledge to the journey that a rightly ordered education invites students to take. The infilling of knowledge and wisdom is a gift of God, and Sosler is a welcome guide, the best of docents, for students and educators alike.
I think, I know, that Washington exemplified a whole-hearted devotion to his students. He was concerned, as I am, to educate the whole person of the student, not merely to train children to someday earn a good salary or support themselves.
The censorship of slavery no longer dictates Huck’s morality. Unlike Tom, Huck has begun to question his society’s standards, to weigh and consider what is just and right, and I hope that by reading this story, my students may follow him in this difficult endeavor.