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I can’t tell you guys how excited we are about this. Mystie and I met with Steven Rummelsburg yesterday and it was amazing. Last years’ Spring Training with Eric Hall was basically Classical Education 101. Steven Rummelsburg is going to build on the foundation Eric laid last year with three sessions:
- Science (5/11): Without clarity about what truly is, any intellectual or moral endeavor is doomed. We are in dire need of a recovery of true science as a prerequisite to having great conversations. In this week we will compare two world views that are incompatible with one another. The shocking truth is that most souls of good will unwittingly try to make a hybrid of the two worldviews and inevitably disintegration follows.
- Art (5/18): There are many different kinds of art, but art as a genus is “a fixed procedure, established by reason such that human acts achieve their due ends by the proper means.” After acquiring the principles of truth in accord with our nature that lead to intellectual and moral virtue, we can focus on the liberal arts as another prerequisite to having great conversations. The trivium is of general concern here, but literacy as an art is essential to the fruitful conversations concerning the classics.
- Nature (5/25): Finally clarifying the distinctions between what we know (science) what we are to do (art) and what inevitably follows (nature), we will be in a position to properly prepare our homes for edifying and fruitful discussions. C.S. Lewis explains in his principle of first and second things that if we put second things first and first things second, we will lose both first and second thing. However, if we put first things first, we will get second things thrown in to boot. Attributes of a great conversation are second things, the intellectual and moral arts and sciences are first things. If we take great care with the first things, the second things will follow as an apple grows from a tree.
As we dig deeply into what science, art, and nature truly are, we’ll have the mental categories we need to wrap our minds around this thing called education. I can’t wait!
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In which Mystie, Abby, and I discuss an article AND make a special announcement.
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Read aloud confession time:
I bought the book Where the World Ends and showed a photo of it on Instagram and declared I was going to read it aloud to my kids (who are 5th-12th grade, if you’ve forgotten). Well … I started it. My husband questioned me on it a few chapters in and so I looked up some more thorough reviews and decided it really wasn’t appropriate for fifth graders, after all.
I dropped it and replaced it with The Lonesome Gods, which I could have sworn I’d already done aloud, but my children say no, so that’s what we’re doing.
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This month in 2019:
Nature Study in Suburbia: An Un-wild Approach was written as a response to something I was seeing at the time: guilt over not living in the country. It reminded me a bit of the story Charlotte Mason tells about Eyes and No-Eyes going for a walk. In suburbia, there is a lot to see … if you have eyes for it.
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Podcast episode of the week:
- Dr. Berkson’s Best Health Radio: Super Human: Aging Backwards with Bulletproof’s Dave Asprey
- Usually, health podcasts retell the same old stuff everyone knows, but Dave Asprey is the kind of guest who has all sorts of interesting things up his sleeve you’ve never heard of before. What can I say? It was fun to listen to!
- I bought the book. In my defense, I needed another health book for my 5×5 challenge. Also in my defense: I found his stuff interesting. This doesn’t mean I actually want to live to be 180 or whatever it is Asprey has as his goal.
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This week’s links collection:
- How China Corrupted the World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19 from Reason
- The WHO has been shilling for communist China for a while now. Nothing surprises me anymore.
- ‘Overstepping her executive authority’: Four Michigan sheriffs defy governor from Washington Examiner
- Good for them! Our local sheriffs just expect everyone to comply; they’re not enforcing the governor’s order.
- The overstepping is happening all over the country, and this guy sums up why: those who took an oath to uphold the Constitution forgot to think of the Constitution at all.
- Israeli Professor Shows Virus Follows Fixed Pattern from Townhall
- “The numbers told a shocking story: irrespective of whether the country quarantined like Israel, or went about business as usual like Sweden, coronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way.”
- “But what about Italy and their staggering 12% mortality rate? ‘The health system in Italy has its own problems. It has nothing to do with coronavirus. In 2017 it also collapsed because of the flu,’ Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel told the news agency.”
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