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’?
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.
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”
“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”
The father of a family who recently applied wrote the following in answer to an application question: I desire to raise children who love their souls more than their bodies, who love others’s souls more than their own, who love and fear God and His divinely-appointed authorities, including and especially the generations of wise fathersContinue reading “What kind of people will your children become?”