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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...

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...

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...

[Note: The following post is from our guest contributor Mr. Derek Anderson, headmaster of Ridgeview Classical in Fort Collins, Colorado. In addition to leading the school, Mr. Anderson remains an avid student of moral and political philosophy, alongside of intellectual history. His defense of the liberal arts curriculum is based upon his many years of having taught students history, philosophy, literature, and rhetoric.] Whether...

We hear a lot of wistful talk about civility these days, but precious few examples of it in action. Maybe we need to look to the past, to find enduring standards against which we can begin to reckon our own deficiencies. I came across an excellent one the other day, and I thought it would...

While it may be considered uncouth to bring up politics and religion at the family reunion, there are strong reasons to believe that our political regime benefits from the presence of active religious communities.   As the First Amendment to our Constitution details, citizens of this nation are granted the freedoms of religious expression, speech and the...

NOTE: The following post is from our good colleague, Dr. David Rothman, an accomplished scholar and poet, who continues to produce works of wonder and humor under the inspiration of the Muse. My title comes from the title of an enigmatic late poem by Richard Hugo (1923-’82), a title also used for his posthumously published Collected Poems (1984). The phrase has always...

One of the many fringe benefits of friendship is the sharing of probing thoughts and the artful expression of ideas.  Just this morning, a good friend texted me today’s article by David Brooks (New York Times), which provided me with some real hope, based on specific developments in the world of punditry and public discourse. According...

While it may be considered uncouth to bring up politics and religion at the family reunion, there are strong reasons to believe that our political regime benefits from the presence of active religious communities.   As the First Amendment to our Constitution details, citizens of this nation are granted the freedoms of religious expression, speech and the...

This past week, I heard Kenneth L. Woodward interviewed on his 2016 book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama (Penguin Random House). I was intrigued by Woodward’s vast experience as the former religion editor of Newsweek, where he went from observations in Omaha to visiting...