Category Archives: On Education

“A Veritable Abyss of Knowledge”

By way of clever and often very funny satire, the French humanist Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) attacked the perceived sterility of Scholastic logic and the world-denial of the traditional monastic orders. One of his attacks came in the form of a … Continue reading

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Education Is About What Things Are For, Not About How They Work

Education is not job training; it is not even schooling. Education, in so many words, is knowing what things are for, not simply how they work. The truly educated person understands the proper uses to which such things as bodies, … Continue reading

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The Liberating Knowledge of Letters

Here’s a snippet from a letter about the educated man, written ca. 1160 A.D.: it is the knowlege of letters that leads one forth from the common ignorance of human beings and from the stolid torpor that characterizes the dull-witted, … Continue reading

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The Technology of Grades

Being something of a perfectionist, I’ve always had to varying degrees “grade anxiety” about my schoolwork. Insofar as mere numbers are concerned, I did “OK” at New St. Andrews College in my B.A. work and I’m doing “Very Well” at … Continue reading

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Useless Learning

Here is possibly the best article I have ever read on Liberal Arts Education: For Useless Learning. Dr. Leithart is a former teacher of mine at New St. Andrews College. In my time there, I was blessed to take a … Continue reading

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Beza on the Education of A Minister

In recent weeks I’ve cited Calvin from Institutes Book II, Chapter 2, Section 15 several times on the goodness – and perhaps the necessity – of studying works outside of the Bible. Today I ran into this fantastic quote from … Continue reading

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“A Skimpy Knowledge is Not a Pleasing Thing”

Here’s a nice little exhortation from Hugh of St. Victor (ca. 1096 – 1141), one of the greatest of the Medieval theologians, concerning those who complain that they have no time to study things which they feel are superfluous to … Continue reading

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