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    I've been noticing how many folks have been joining ClassicalU Forum, and that the overall numbers of folks singed up is rather large compared to the number of people who are posting regularly. If you are a lurker, I'd love to get some information from you to help make this place the best online forum for Classical Education: 1. What brought you to ClassicalU Forum, and what are you interested in getting out of your experience here? 2. What sort of content and discussions would be most helpful and interesting to you? 3. Would you be interested in using the forum as a way to facilitate regional face to face opportunities? I'm sure there are other questions that could be asked, so feel free to ask and answer your own questions. As someone who has greatly benefited from online forums as part of my own intellectual maturity and character formation, I'd love to see ClassicalU become a hub for classical educators (whether homeschool or other forms) to learn and grow together. Let's hear from you, lurkers!
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    Yes! Chime in with questions or comments--even on "old" discussions. This is part of the way we partake of the Great Conversation.
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    lol...I doubt it. I keep thinking about this article. Another thing that stood out to me was the attitude of superiority they were allowed to feel because of their educational choices. This is SUCH a danger area with classical education, and nothing will undermine the classical pursuit of virtue faster. Of course, she seems rather blind to the fact that she NOW feels superior because of her choices to have her children learn modern poetry and read books that reflect diversity, so how is that any better? shm...
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    My first response: ignore it (but I realize that's probably not the best response). There are a lot of problems with the essay: 1. The writer is responding to and interpreting a tweet and drawing generalizations that go well beyond the scope of what a single tweet implies. 2.The writer is basing the entirety of her criticisms of Latin and poetry memorization on her own personal experience. One anecdote does not indicate a general trend. 3. I don't know of any classical educator who would classify G.A. Henty as an author of any "great books." The writer seems to conflate "good" literature that homeschool or classical school students might read and "great books" of the Western Tradition. 4. Even if the writer didn't make this conflation, she seems to reject books that don't talk about (or aren't written by) contemporary socio-political-cultural identities. 5. The writer presumes that the current cultural paradigms represent the future, as opposed to acknowledging that books and traditions that have withstood the test of time may outlast our contemporary mores. 6. For additional context on the writer's starting point: I found this from the "about the author": "Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive." I don't think the writer is interested in the merits of the argument, so much as she is interested in renouncing the world out of which she came and has since rejected.
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    On a school district in Colorado rejecting the application of a proposed classical charter school: Jon Caldara, "Diversity Isn’t Just What’s Between Your Legs. It’s Also What’s Between Your Ears (Denver Post | January 25, 2019) https://www.denverpost.com/2019/01/25/caldara-diversity-isnt-just-whats-between-your-legs-its-also-whats-between-your-ears/
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