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Patrick Halbrook

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    Cary, NC
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    Christina Rossetti, George Herbert, C.S. Lewis, Fyodor Dostoevsky
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    Cary Christian School

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  1. Well then... I guess it's just twice as upsetting 🔥📚😯
  2. (Hmmm, I think the picture in my last post didn't go through. Let's try it this way:)
  3. Replace "book geek" with "classical educator":
  4. Patrick Halbrook

    Classical Education in the News

    In other news, this San Antonio bookstore is seeing no shortage of love for Latin (thank in part to the presence of local classical schools): Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, "Surprise best-sellers at a local bookstore harken from the ancient past" (San Antonio Express-News | February 8, 2019) https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Surprise-best-sellers-at-a-local-bookstore-harken-13602598.php
  5. Patrick Halbrook

    House System

    Does your school have a "house system"? When we think of schools that divide students into "houses," most of us probably immediately think of Harry Potter ("10 points for Gryffindor!"), which is of course based on a traditional English model. A number of classical schools have also added such a system in recent years (at least one college, too). Our school started ours about five years ago. It has definitely been a work in progress, but it provides some really great opportunities for the students. Here's a little more info on how ours is set up: https://www.carychristianschool.org/prospective-families/ccs-community/house-system/. If your school has one or you know of one that does, how is it set up and what kinds of activities are the students involved in? What have you found to be the biggest blessings and the biggest challenges? Would you recommend it to other schools?
  6. Patrick Halbrook

    Classical Education in the News

    I've heard this story over and over again from those who have left their fundamentalist upbringing for some sort of liberal theology or agnosticism/atheism. Michael Kruger has a brilliant article on this over at The Gospel Coalition on "The Power of De-Conversion Stories." Here's how the narrative usually goes: Step 1: Recount the Negatives of Your Fundamentalist Past Step 2: Position Yourself as the Offended Party Who Bravely Fought the Establishment Step 3: Portray Your Opponents as Overly Dogmatic While You Are Just a Seeker Step 4: Insist Your New Theology Is Driven by the Bible and Is Not a Rejection of It Step 5: Attack the Character of Your Old Group and Uplift the Character of Your New Group In many cases it may very well be that leaving/criticizing the church/school of one's upbringing is a valid move. But if, as you've said, the story ends in a sense of superiority rather than humility, then that is hardly an improvement.
  7. Patrick Halbrook

    Technology for children

    I also just started reading this book: Much of it is common sense, backed up by research, but it's still somewhat terrifying hearing about just how bad things now are in public schools, with kids spending all day distracted from learning because due to overuse/misuse of what's on their screens. Here's a review: https://connected.socialstudies.org/blogs/margaret-crocco/2017/12/19/screen-schooled
  8. Patrick Halbrook

    Technology for children

    I took his article as a commentary, not a refutation. Some of the points he mostly agrees with, and some he mostly disagrees with. He concedes that he "can’t assume that the young people I know are representative," so I don't think he's trying to make new generalizations so much as qualifications, citing noteworthy exceptions he has seen. For our purposes as educators, I thought this was a good observation of his:
  9. Patrick Halbrook

    Technology for children

    Here's some further related insights on technology I encountered last week, from Alan Jacobs of Baylor University: "Gen Z" and Social Media
  10. In his essay "On the Reading of Old Books," C.S. Lewis pointed out, "It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones" As educators committed to a classical vision of schooling, most of us similarly seek to find the right balance between the types of books we read about education, trying to figure out how to divide our time between: 1) the multitude of books about classical education that have been written within the past 25 years, 2) older books that we (at least theoretically) value the most, by Augustine, Mason, or Lewis himself (is he in the "old books" category yet?), and 3) newer books on education from outside the classical or Christian realms, about which we might feel ambiguity or suspicion, but which may at times offer valuable insights or practical suggestions we wouldn't get otherwise. How do you attempt to strike the right balance between these categories? (How would you divide up the categories you try to balance?) What books have you read from non-classical/Christian educators which have been the most (or the least) beneficial? (And have you encountered any authors who are inclined in the direction of a classical approach without realizing it or naming it as such?)
  11. Patrick Halbrook

    School Disciplinary Policy

    We're always in the process of revising our policies, but our parent-student handbook, which provides some information on them, is accessible through our website here: https://www.carychristianschool.org/current-families/parent-resources/
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  13. Patrick Halbrook

    Top Ten Books on Classical Education

    ...and personally, I found reading Norms and Nobility a breeze in comparison with trying to truly implement its ideas.
  14. Patrick Halbrook

    Top Ten Books on Classical Education

    I'd also put Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning on this sort of list, maybe in the top ten. I think reading it and Wisdom and Eloquence alongside each other is a helpful exercise, to see what they agree and disagree on. (I also recall an ACCS lecture and article by Wilson addressing some of the critiques after Wisdom and Eloquence came out.) It took me quite a while before I got around to reading Norms and Nobility. (One of our former teachers actually wrote his dissertation on it.) I enjoyed it a lot, but also found it really intimidating. Maybe it's not on the list because new teachers can't afford it...😉
  15. Patrick Halbrook

    Classical Education in the News

    What do you think the best response would be to this criticism of classical education? Libby Anne, "I Learned Latin and Memorized Old Poems–and I Wish I Hadn’t" (Patheos | January 28, 2019) https://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2019/01/i-learned-latin-and-memorized-old-poems-and-i-wish-i-hadnt.html