I am a classical teacher based in Arizona, where I live with my wife and six daughters, all of whom are homeschooled.
I hold a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New St. Andrews College, and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas.
Just below you will find my latest general audience blog posts on classical education matters.
Latest Blog Posts
- The Liberating Knowledge of Letters (Literature)Here’s a snippet from a letter about the educated man, written ca. 1160 A.D.: ...it is the knowlege of letters [literature] that leads one forth from the common ignorance of human beings and from the […]
- Nobility Lost (Part 1)From time to time as a teacher of classical literature, I've tried to get students to engage with the idea of nobility as it appears in most of the Greek and Roman texts we read. […]
- Clay-Footed HeroesIf your homeschooled children are much like mine, they've been imbued from an early age with a passion for reading. They'll read anything you let them read - and smile and ask for more. And, […]
- Who Says Political Philosophy Isn’t Practical?Sometimes it may seem like getting too deep into the philosophical end of the classics just isn't "practical," since so much of it seems airy-fairy, high-falutin', divorced from "the real world" of everyday experience. But […]
- Rumor, Swiftest of All Evils in the WorldSay what one will about mythology; there are times when it is an incredibly deep store of verifiable human knowledge drawn from experience and made more powerful through allegorization.Take Virgil's remark in Book IV of […]
- Ontology 101Ontology is “the study of being,” or, “the study of existence.” Things that exist share the quality of “existing,” and ontology studies what it means to say that a thing “exists.” The term “ontology” comes […]
- Philosophy 101The term “philosophy” comes from two Greek words, philos (love of) and sophia (wisdom), so it means literally “love of wisdom.” Philosophy begins with asking questions. When we start to reflect upon – that is, […]
- “Facility of Education Will Lead to Indifference To It”More from T.S. Eliot, foreseeing the impasse of the modern educational ideal: People can be persuaded to desire almost anything, for a time, if they are constantly told that it is something to which they […]
- “A Swollen Number of Candidates”T.S. Eliot, writing about 72 years ago, presciently observes: ...the ideal of a uniform system [of education] such that no one capable of receiving higher education could fail to get it, leads imperceptibly to the […]