A Footloose Spring Day
On a gorgeous April Wednesday I am filling in as substitute homeschool teacher. We do arithmetic; we do a language lesson about adverbs and...
Bar Jester Chronicles 15: In Praise of Smartassery
Give me smartassery. Give me a yawning match.
The Real Educational Issue: College Students and a Crisis in Citizenship
The fact that the people who will likely occupy the top of the socio-economic chain—and whose decisions will thus set the terms of most Americans’ existences—have little room for the necessarily leveling notion of citizenship is our most significant and least discussed educational crisis.
The Primary Error of Early English Education
During my brief foray into public education, I taught a group of seventh-graders a typical lesson from a standard middle school literature textbook: we...
Boredom and the “App” for Self-Control
The future is grim, my friends.
Magpie Education for Small-Mouth Bass
We’re like small-mouth bass, and we’ve swallowed the technological treble hook.
What Is Wrong with Contemporary Intellectuals?
"Intellectual" and "Disinterested," as we use them, are new words. I "prefer" old words: Scholar, Monk, Contemplative, Lover of Wisdom.
That Endless Enlightenment
Academic leftists and conservative critics of academe are united in a fundamental proposition, says Stanley Fish. True enough, say I: education is endless and the world is a nauseating abyss.
Homeschooling and Socialization
What is this thing we call “socialization” and why is there a perception that this is best achieved in the classroom and thwarted by homeschooling?