Childhood Wonder

Kings James Bible for Memorization

»Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Blog, Childhood Wonder, Literature, Poetic Knowledge | Comments Off on Kings James Bible for Memorization

Among our various reasons for using the Authorized Version for students’ memory work are these mentioned in a good NPR broadcast. Shakespeare will be child’s play after years of this, as will Milton, Melville, Faulkner, and others under its magnificent influence. Out of the mouths of babes and...

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Admiring vs. Speculating

»Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog, Childhood Wonder, Mission-Type Stuff, On the Learning, Poetic Knowledge | Comments Off on Admiring vs. Speculating

One thing that today’s educators can take from 8th century monks (who were running schools and preserving Bibles in the darkest of times in the West) is knowing to admire where many would speculate. Too often learning is pursued mainly for curiosity, and no matter what we are studying, the intent is on speculation and forming questions. But if we want students to understand a good thing, then we must help them begin with a love and desire for it. It doesn’t begin with analysis and dissection, but rather, devotion. As a monastic scholar puts it, “admiration” and “speculation” are both words that “describe the act of looking. But the gaze of admiration adds something to the gaze of speculation. It does not necessarily see...

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As the Bugle Stirs an Army

»Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Blog, Childhood Wonder, On the Learning | Comments Off on As the Bugle Stirs an Army

As the Bugle Stirs an Army

Hear ye, educators: To the teacher of children in the schools of Bible learning, more than to any others, should come the warning to make his words clear as plate-glass, luminous as light itself, sharp as polished blades, painting truths as ‘apples of gold in pictures of silver,’ and stirring the depths of the mind as the bugle stirs an army. John Milton Gregory,...

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Education that Kills Creativity

»Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Childhood Wonder, On the Learning, Poetic Knowledge, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Education that Kills Creativity

“Our bodies are just a way of getting our heads to meetings.” This has been the predominant view of modern education, which, as Ken Robinson shows, educates from the neck up, and “slightly to one side.” The idea is for every student to become a university professor, rather than shaping whole persons according to what they are good at and love to do.  Though he does not address the true telos of education, watch this short lecture for a good laugh and some thoughtful insights: Schools Kill...

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Oversized Heads

»Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Childhood Wonder | Comments Off on Oversized Heads

Oversized Heads

“As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body, which mark these human mushrooms, we ought always to remember that within every one of these heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea…” (G. K....

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Credulous Insects

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Childhood Wonder, Literature | Comments Off on Credulous Insects

“A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy heights of a grass-blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said: Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, Your house is on fire, your children’s alone; and she took wing and went off to see about it — which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations, and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.” (Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom...

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