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For those of our colleagues who are influenced and informed by a religious tradition, there is much to be explored in the coming weeks as the holidays unfold. In particular, the Advent season provides a rich reminder of the hope, peace, love, and joy that are essential to the pursuit of the Christian religion. Throughout the ages, millions have found comfort and consolation in...

Today I thought it fitting simply to repost a note that the co-founder and CEO of Great Hearts Academies sent to the entire network of employees and families. Jay Heiler has been a long-standing contributor to education in Arizona, and his vision for the common good rings true to me and many who have had...

Back in 2018, we brought together multiple stories and perspectives on the place of science in the classical liberal arts tradition. In his article “ Why STEM Students Need the Liberal Arts” Bernhardt L. Trout Ph.D., makes the case for why those pursuing STEM degrees need a healthy dose of the liberal arts. “The original meaning of “liberal arts” encompasses...

Note: The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education In my previous post I discussed the need for common ground.  If there is no common ground then we cannot come to agreement.  Common ground begins with reason as that by which we understand.  The Academy...

Institute for Classical Education contributor Matthew Post recently wrote about America’s growing awareness of Critical Race Theory in public education.  His article outlines the trend to inculcate students with ideological theories and radical politics.  This trend aims to teach students to be suspicious of not only historical narratives but also their families and communities.   To confront the promulgation of radical curriculum, Post...

What if I told you that we live in a magical world? Everyone loves a refreshing visit to the fantasy world of their favorite book. This is especially true of children. There is a reason why many of the greatest and most popular works of literature in both the past (Lord of the Rings or...

What is the difference between history and memory?   As the late great Bernard Bailyn said, through history, we work on the past, We reach back and put past events together. And in doing so we learn about ourselves precisely by observing those who came before us.  Through memory, we allow the past to work on us. We receive our predecessors...

Today, we will use our daily blog to announce the Institute's annual conference. Join scores of scholars and practitioners from across the country at the National Classical Education Symposium 2021, "Teaching the Scientific Project." The 3rd Annual Symposium will be held ONLINE, February 22-23, 2021. Martin Cothran, Andrew Kern, Chris Perrin, Andrew Pudewa, and (Professor) Carol...

Note: The following entry is from Dr. Owen Anderson (Arizona State University), a Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education In my lasts posts we talked about the move from pre-skeptic to skeptic to post-skeptic.  We underscored the purpose of the Academy as the pursuit of knowledge starting with basic things.  Now we need to consider...

Note: The following blog entry comes to us from our colleague and friend, Betsy K. Brown, who teaches and chairs the humanities program at Cicero Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, with a focus on creative nonfiction, Betsy loves to share the goodness of words...