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What will you read in 2019?

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I thought someone else might have already started  post like this one, and I popped in here to share, but it looks like I'm the first one. Too much partying and holidaying?

Now that it's January 2, and all of 2018's reading is done and dusted, what are you planning to read first?

I'm diving into three books, at least two of which will probably take most of the year to read. First is Loving to Know by Esther Meek. It's a nearly-500-pages book on epistemology, and if the title makes you think of Charlotte Mason's concept that "education is the science of relations," well, I think that, too. What could be more fun? Next up is Education in Plato's Republic by Bernard Bosanquet. I love it that Charlotte Mason assigned this book to her senior high school girls. And my third start, which won't take so long to get through, I don't think, is Josh Gibb's new book, How to be Unlucky.  The last book I finished in 2018 was a Classical Academic Press title--Awakening Wonder by Stephen Turley. I really liked it, and will probably reread it soon.

But there are twelve whole months in front of us to fill with reading...what will you pick up first?

(Full disclosure: I'm totally hoping to glean some more ideas for my own to be read list!)

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Hi Karen,

Great question, timely too as I just added a few more books to my reading list. Whether I actually read all of them time will tell. First I'll need to finish the ones I started in 218.

Here is my short list: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Theory of Life, an essay in Selected Poetry and Prose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Donald Stauffer), and A Short History of Anatomy and Physiology (Charles Singer). 

You will really enjoy Longing to Know. I like the way the author starts with a proposition and then builds her argument as narrative in chapter format. And yes, now that I think of it, she emphasizes the importance of relationships. She also does a fine job distinguishing certainty as opposed to confidence. Her description of the epistemological process correlated very closely to the diagnostic process in medicine.

Regards, Don

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I love this question, Karen! I am picking up Dante's Inferno with a special eye towards teaching and parenting. I am wondering about some of the following questions as I read it.

What is Dante doing, saying, and experiencing as he walks through hell? 

What is suffering?

What is punishment?

What is judgment?

What is revenge?

What is love?

How do I know I am experiencing love, even in less than pleasant circumstances?

How do I walk through hell?

What is Virgil doing & saying as he leads Dante through hell?

What does it mean to lead someone through hell/suffering/_______?

Is leading about keeping those we follow from hell or walking with them through hell?

What does teaching someone how to suffer have to do with parenting? With teaching?

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I will confess I am not a great reader! I do not plan out what I will read. Partly this is because I am still homeschooling 5 children and that is who I attempt planning for. And partly because my personal reading list is dictated by my college classes. It is sad, so far I have only read two books in the two semesters I've had. The rest of my reading has either been plays or excerpts. I read Peter Kreeft's Socratic Logic and Adler's 1940 How to Read a Book. I am currently finishing The Great Gatsby because of Circe Institute's Closereads group. I hope to read and finish Island of the World. I have high hopes I could Silence by Shusaku Endo. And I would love to finish Anna Karenina. To start in 2019 I would like to work through Ten Ways to Destroy Your Child's Imagination by Esolen and Beauty for Truth's Sake. I have started both of those previously and never finished them. :(  Also I'd like to complete at least level 1 if not level 2 of ClassicalU. 

How do you all schedule homeschooling/classroom teaching/life/ and personal reading? I feel woefully under-read.

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I'm still deciding which old books to read this year. As far as newer ones go, Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism and Alan Jacobs's The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis are on my list. With my kids, I'm reading The Wind in the Willows, which I somehow never got around to reading during my own childhood. I also recently picked up a copy of Consider This, which I'm looking forward to 🙂.

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3 hours ago, Patrick Halbrook said:

he Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

I have not heard of that book before. I have recently become highly fascinated with everything related to Christian Humanism. Would love to hear what you end up thinking about it. 

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4 hours ago, Jennifer Dow said:

I have not heard of that book before. I have recently become highly fascinated with everything related to Christian Humanism. Would love to hear what you end up thinking about it. 

I was immediately hooked after reading this book review: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2018/10/29/the-year-of-our-lord-1943-book-review/

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Thank you for this question, Karen.

This year I will be reading the Theban Plays, selected Greek histories, as well as selections of Plato and Aristotle alongside our high school co-op students. My personal reading stack for now will follow Circe Institute's Close Reads schedule and "After Virtue" by Alisdair McIntyre. How to be Unlucky will be in my reread stack and I will also incorporate  "The Music of Plato's Republic" by Eva Brann.

This said, my stacks are always subject to change 🙂

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14 hours ago, Lisa Mayeux said:

This said, my stacks are always subject to change 🙂

Oh boy, that is so true!! For the moment, I'm working slowly and steadily on my first three titles, though.

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I am so very much enjoying reading Phillip Schaff's History of the Christian Church, that I am not sure I can stop. The trouble is the set is 8 volumes long. Still, I have found volume 3 remarkable--the volume on the Nicene age. He touches on aspects very relevant to classical educators. I hope to share a quotation or two on the forum this weekend.

 

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17 hours ago, Chris Perrin said:

I am so very much enjoying reading Phillip Schaff's History of the Christian Church, that I am not sure I can stop. The trouble is the set is 8 volumes long. Still, I have found volume 3 remarkable--the volume on the Nicene age. He touches on aspects very relevant to classical educators. I hope to share a quotation or two on the forum this weekend.

 

That sounds wonderful! How often as educators, Christian educators, are we bypassing our History for "history," especially in American. The world was running ages before our nation was founded, and The Church was alive, defending, crafting, and constituting our Faith. I know until the last couple of years, I had "facts" parrot-memorized in my brain, but never took time to relate them or contemplate their affects on today. 

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@Chris Perrin I read Schaff years ago (or at least most of the 8 volumes) in a Church History class with Wes Callihan. Loved it, and go back frequently for reference. He was a wordsmith! I also love his Creeds and Confessions - I think that's a mere three volumes. The only catch is the expectation that I can fluently read Latin, Greek, and German . . . Looking forward to hearing the quotes you love - I have a lot of Schaff in my commonplace book.

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There's a handful of good scholars out there who write about the history of education. I enjoy reading their work, especially regarding movements and philosophies I'm intertwined with, as it's always interesting (and often helpful) to hear an outsider's perspective. And it never hurts to know more about one's own historical context. One excellent book I read last year was Adam Laats' Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education, a history of fundamentalist colleges and universities in the twentieth century.

Lately I've been thinking about picking up Tim Lacy's The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea. You can read an interview with the author here.

Has anyone read this book? Or, let me know if you are interested in reading it this year to discuss it.

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1 hour ago, Patrick Halbrook said:

There's a handful of good scholars out there who write about the history of education. I enjoy reading their work, especially regarding movements and philosophies I'm intertwined with, as it's always interesting (and often helpful) to hear an outsider's perspective. And it never hurts to know more about one's own historical context. One excellent book I read last year was Adam Laats' Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education, a history of fundamentalist colleges and universities in the twentieth century.

Lately I've been thinking about picking up Tim Lacy's The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea. You can read an interview with the author here.

Has anyone read this book? Or, let me know if you are interested in reading it this year to discuss it.

I don't have either or these, nor have I heard of them. I do have an book similar to the first that I bought over a year ago that I haven't gotten to yet, Killing the Spirit, by Page Smith. It is dated (1990) in dealing with contemporary developments in Higher Ed, but I think it was an early warning shot across the bow.

I'm also currently reading a couple of books that pertain to education: The Gift of Failure, by Jessica Lahey, and Cicero, by Anthony Everett. Lahey is an educator who had to learn as both parent and educator how to allow children to grow confident and competent through responding to failures and learning from them. Overprotective or hasty parenting (doing it for the kids) causes children to think themselves incompetent or controlled (there is more, of course). It is a good book for parents and educators like me, who aren't patient and have a sinful fear of failure. The Cicero biography is a very accessible book so far, and I have been wanting to learn more about Cicero since I teach Rhetoric.

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The one book on the history of education that I've had (gathering dust sometimes) for years and meant to read (for years) is H.I. Marrou's History of Education in Antiquity. It's really long, and I have a paperback with microscopic text and no margins to speak of, so I've never gotten very far with it (and will certainly have to start over the next time I attempt it)--but that's the one I really want to read. Anyone read it? (In whole or part?) I think David Hicks draws on it for the context of his discussion in Norms and Nobility.

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8 hours ago, KarenG said:

The one book on the history of education that I've had (gathering dust sometimes) for years and meant to read (for years) is H.I. Marrou's History of Education in Antiquity. It's really long, and I have a paperback with microscopic text and no margins to speak of, so I've never gotten very far with it (and will certainly have to start over the next time I attempt it)--but that's the one I really want to read. Anyone read it? (In whole or part?) I think David Hicks draws on it for the context of his discussion in Norms and Nobility.

I have Marrou's book and I've read sections of it when wanting to know more about a particular aspect of the periods about which he writes. It is very thorough, and has a good perspective from what I can tell.

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11 hours ago, KarenG said:

The one book on the history of education that I've had (gathering dust sometimes) for years and meant to read (for years) is H.I. Marrou's History of Education in Antiquity. It's really long, and I have a paperback with microscopic text and no margins to speak of, so I've never gotten very far with it (and will certainly have to start over the next time I attempt it)--but that's the one I really want to read. Anyone read it? (In whole or part?) I think David Hicks draws on it for the context of his discussion in Norms and Nobility.

I'm wondering if The Underground History of Education by Gatto would compare in any way? I have it and have read sections out of it, but not for some time. I have recently lent it to a friend with Norms. We are looking into what it might look like to start a classical school. Praying about it anyway and seeking any avenues God is opening towards that purpose. 

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On 2/20/2019 at 1:09 PM, Cheryl Floyd said:

I'm wondering if The Underground History of Education by Gatto would compare in any way? I have it and have read sections out of it, but not for some time. I have recently lent it to a friend with Norms. We are looking into what it might look like to start a classical school. Praying about it anyway and seeking any avenues God is opening towards that purpose. 

I've been interested in Gatto for years, but have never gotten around to reading this book. Some day...

Recently, I was intrigued to discover that Gatto was familiar with the trivium and Dorothy Sayers, on which he shared his thoughts in this brief video clip:

 

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