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    What Topics Would You Like to See Addressed?

    Lynn, this is a great topic! I have copied it over to the Scholé Directors Forum for a wider range of responses:
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  5. Have you signed up for the March Scholé Retreat? Space is limited, so don't delay. Questions about the retreat? Ask them here!
  6. We are delighted that all of the Scholé Muses will be attending the March Scholé Retreat in Harrsiburg, PA. Some of us will be presenting, and all of us will be participating in panel discussion and Q&A sessions. We'd love to see you there! Visit Scholé Retreat 2019 for more details.
  7. We are delighted that all of the Scholé Muses will be attending the March Scholé Retreat in Harrsiburg, PA. Some of us will be presenting, and all of us will be participating in panel discussion and Q&A sessions. We'd love to see you there! Visit Scholé Retreat 2019 for more details.
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    Educational Reads

    Cheryl, I agree - I don't think Berry is completely against higher education. But I think he is warning folks to count the cost, particularly in the way higher education today is structured. I still haven't read the essay, but I do wonder if part of the problem is that so much of higher education today is really more like glorified vocational training, which then forces the grads into the suburbs and cities where their highly specialized skills are in demand. There is some interesting scholarship on Wendell Berry's vision of education going on. Did you catch the interview with Jeffrey Bilbro and Jack Baker at Forma on this? https://www.circeinstitute.org/podcast/wendell-berry-and-higher-education-jack-baker-and-jeffrey-bilbro-forma
  9. Have you read Scholé Muse Carolyn Baddorf's outstanding article Scholé Groups blog on this important topic? Please join the conversation here, and tell us what you think. Experienced Scholé Directors and parents, would you share have found most helpful in your own group? If you are new to Scholé Groups, or thinking of starting a group, feel free to ask questions! (Direct link to Carolyn's blog post: https://scholegroups.com/developing-healthy-community-in-your-schole-group/
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  13. Did you see Brooke Diener's latest article on the Scholé blog? Anyone else suffering from scholé guilt, at least sometimes? Let's discuss it here.
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    Reading Recharge

    I'm reading Sense and Sensibility and A Christmas Carol over the holiday break. And now you are making me want to add LOTR...
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    What Topics Would You Like to See Addressed?

    @Christine Parker Just making sure you see this!
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    American Literature Texts

    Paul, sounds like a great focus! We had some similar discussions. We also discussed the banning of Huck Finn in today's classroom, and the whys and wherefores. How can we read Twain charitably? What was he really trying to do? Was he successful in his context? In ours? (I would argue that he was actually using racist language and attitudes to address "racism" as he understood it - which would differ from how a 21st century American might see it. But there is still much we can learn from him if we approach his work with humility, and recognizing our own blind spots.) We also focused a good bit on Twain's masterful prose, his use of dialect, and of literary devices like figures of speech and figures of description, to go along with our English Studies class material.
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    American Literature Texts

    Great question! In addition to the Scarlet Letter and Huck Finn, we use a good number of short stories by Hawthorne (Young Goodman Brown, The Minister's Black Veil, Earth's Holocaust), Cooper (Eclipse), Melville (Bartleby Scrivener), Poe (Pit & Pendulum, Tell-Tale Heart, Purloined Letter, Gold-Bug, Masque of the Read Death, Fall of the House of Usher), and others like Twain, Harte, Bierce, London, O Henry, etc. We always read Moby-Dick (yes, every word of it – I have been surprised how much the students come to love it). We read many American poets from the Oxford Book of American Verse (edited by Mattheissen). We also include quite a few American hymns along with our primary source reading. We actually do To Kill A Mockingbird with our Modernity year, as we follow a Great Books approach. I am planning to include Wendell Berry in our next Modernity rotation as well; perhaps Hannah Coulter or a collection of his short stories like A Distant Land.
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    "Why do you read all these books by pagans?"

    I have wrestled quite a bit with this. I actually wrote an entire paper on this for my MACCS class on Augustine, and it includes the main resources I use when I am asked this question. These are: Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, Book I.40 John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, II.ii.xv Lewis, “Is Theology Poetry?,” Weight of Glory Lewis, Prince Caspian If you want to read my paper, I posted in on my blog.
  20. Plutarch's "Demosthenes" has some interesting thoughts on education drawn from his study habits. Also, you probably already know/have this, but The Great Tradition by Richard Gamble is a very good anthology of ideas about education through the ages.
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    Liturgical and Embodied Learning

    Hi Jenn! This is a great question. I think there is definitely a place for giving students some ownership of the daily routine, and this should increase as they get older. On the other hand, there are times when you explain the new thing, listen to and respond to objections, and then calmly persevere with your plan. This is a great opportunity to model the idea that "education is repentance" for your students. "I am learning right along with (or just ahead of), and as I have studied and learned more, I understand that this new way of doing things is going to serve our family better." With all that said, when you are making a radical change to your daily routine, it might be wise to just change one thing every few days until you get closer to your ideal, recognizing that even that will change as you go. But there might also be some merit in a clean slate approach: declare a week's holiday for your students, take that time to get your new routine plan in order, and then come back from holiday to your new routine. I have done both of these things at various times over the years, and both can be effective. If you have more specific questions about implementing particular facets of a liturgical approach, please ask!
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    All Things Wendell Berry

    @Shannon Iverson, I am a huge fan of Berry's fiction, as are my kids (college-age and young marrieds). We have collectively read a good bit, and even hosted a summer study series here in our home to discuss his ideas of community as they relate to our church community. So fruitful, and such a lovely bit of summer scholé! I began reading Berry about 10 years ago, and just enjoyed the books, but then began to realize how important his ideas are to the recovery of a classical education in our families and communities. My youngest is 18, and he is the resident Berry scholar. He began reading the books on his own initiative about 2 years ago, and he spurred on his older siblings to read it. I do not think I would read it with younger children, though; I think the value of the stories is enhanced with at least a bit of life experience. I agree with @JTB_5, the community aspect is the thing that resonates; also he explores some really important ideas about education in all of his books. I just purchased his essay "The Loss of the University" to complement those thoughts, and try to contemplate them a bit more deeply. So...my first foray into Berry non-fiction is now in my (towering) to-be-read stack. There was a discussion about Berry on the Close Reads facebook group a while back, when someone posed the question about whether Berry wants everyone to move out of the city to a farm (short answer: NO way. He will actually tell you in person that you will probably fail if you try to do that). Here are some thoughts I shared:
  24. Scholé Muse and Director @COLLEEN LEONARD has written a beautiful post about virtue formation and its connection to liturgy at the Scholé Groups blog. You can also see her brief presentation on The Cultivation of Virtue, and a discussion on virtue formation with the Scholé Muses. Check these out, then come back and let's talk about it! What does virtue formation look like in your home or Scholé Group?
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    Educational Reads

    I am very interested in reading Berry's essay, as a big fan of his fiction. This topic of higher education has occupied many family dinners. I just came across this article from Circe which I found so interesting; it has many of the ideas we have discussed as a family. https://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/hannah-coulter-hard-questions-education
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