Beginning in the 23-24 school year, Mr. Gilley will teach Latin and Greek at St. Francis. He has a B.A. in Classics, English, and Philosophy from Samford University and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Certificate in Active Latin from the Institute for Latin Studies. He has taughtContinue reading “Introducing Mr. Parker Gilley”
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What is Leadership Anyway?
Lest we become confused by the modern obsession with “leaders,” let us remember that Herod’s leadership came to nothing because he was a fool, despite all of his wealth, political prowess, athletic and military training, people skills, and charisma. The man vested with authority ought to imitate the one to whom all authority has beenContinue reading “What is Leadership Anyway?”
Primary Sources in Grade School
When you want to teach your child about tasty cheeses, do you hand them a Wikipedia article on Cheddar and Gouda? When you want your child to love beautiful art, do you hand them a two-paragraph explanation of Raphael’s ‘The Disputation of the Sacrament’?
A Fascinating Paradox
As a classical educator, I often think: “Won’t it be great when these students grow up to educate their own children and I’m out of a job.” I look forward to the days in my students’ lives when they realize that what is commonly conceived of as education is not only somewhat odd, but evenContinue reading “A Fascinating Paradox”
The mind is grist for the mill…
The good school does not just offer what the student or the parent or the state desires, but it says something about what these three ought to desire.
A Question of Telos
Q: What is school for? A: “Getting wisdom”– Christian classicists A: “Acquiring skills and data which can be leveraged to acquire success, wealth, happiness, and power” – Most modern conservatives
The word “Florilegium” is a composite word from the Latin “flos” meaning “flower” and “legere” meaning “to gather.” In the medieval period, the word florilegium was used primarily in two ways. The Florilegium was a book of botanical illustrations or a literary anthology. In the medieval period, books were expensive and difficult to come by.Continue reading “Florilegium”
A Common reaction to Wendell Berry:What then are we to do? We cannot go back to small town America in the mid 20th century. Can’t we? I should like every term in that proposition defined. Does “Go back” mean a retrogression in time, or the revision of an error? The first is clearly impossible perContinue reading “Wendell Berry”
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“Idealism is only considering everything in its practical essence. Idealism only means that we should […] ask if an egg is good enough for practical poultry-rearing before we decide that the egg is bad enough for practical politics. But I know that this primary pursuit of the theory (which is but pursuit of the aim)Continue reading “The Theorist”