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Rob Jackson Director, Institute for Classical Education If you find yourself with more time to observe the natural world--taking walks and hikes at sufficient social distance--you might also be interested in some careful observations surrounding the 19th century’s most famous naturalist, Charles Darwin. From David Quammen’s NYRB review of three new books on Darwin, we discover that botany...

Rob Jackson Director, Institute for Classical Education One month ago, we gathered in Phoenix for the 2nd annual National Classical Education Symposium, where we explored “The Historian’s Craft and the Art of Teaching History.” One of our informants, Dr. Wilfred McClay, was delighted by the conversation we hosted and the colleagues we invited. McClay’s new book, Land...

Stay safe. Stay at home. And, the most important thing: stay connected and inspired.” Those parting words from an online post by the conductor of the LA Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel—which got me thinking about the sources of inspiration we might draw upon, at this peculiar time. For Dudamel, his inspiration comes from making beautiful music. And,...

Rob Jackson Director, Institute for Classical Education As we continue our lives in quarantine for the foreseeable future, it seems worthwhile to reflect on how to remain productive while in relative isolation. To start with, this WSJ article provides some tips for telecommuting that might be helpful in structuring our stay-at-home workdays. Then, if you need some inspiration, there...

Rob Jackson Director, Institute for Classical Education Two more resources for navigating COVID-19 waters with trustworthy soundings have come to my attention, just today. (Some of you may have already found them, of course.) The first is an AEI report, “National Coronavirus Response,” authored by a team led by Scott Gottlieb, MD (former FDA commissioner). The next is a...

Rob Jackson Director, Institute for Classical Education No fooling! On this first day of the month, we are living in ways that no one could have predicted even 6 months ago. How quickly the entire world has changed--all because of a little virus. Interestingly enough, viruses we have had with us for generations innumerable, but the upside is...