The Everlasting Education Podcast
Ep 5 - Chapter One of Norms and Nobility - Virtue is the Fruit of Learning

Ep 5 - Chapter One of Norms and Nobility - Virtue is the Fruit of Learning

January 5, 2022

This is Episode 5 of The Everlasting Education Podcast, a Kepler Education Production.

In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait unpack Chapter One and discuss some of the misconceptions of modern education, discuss the importance of Inquiry, Aesthetics, and Ethics as parts of the dialectical core of a classical Christian education. 

David V. Hicks's, Norms and Nobility was first published in 1981 when it won the American Library Association's Outstanding Book Award. Since that time, it has gone on to become one of the most influential books in the Classical Education movement. Hicks's "purpose in writing the book is to offer a personal interpretation of classical education—its ends, as well as some of its means—and to respond to the objections of those who might approve of the goals of such an education, but who believe that it cannot meet the needs of an industrial democracy ro that it is not feasible as a model for mass education."

 

Introducing Norms and Nobility

Introducing Norms and Nobility

December 2, 2021

This is Episode 4 of The Everlasting Education Podcast, a Kepler Education Production.

David V. Hicks's, Norms and Nobility was first published in 1981 when it won the American Library Association's Outstanding Book Award. Since that time, it has gone on to become one of the most influential books in the Classical Education movement. Hicks's "purpose in writing the book is to offer a personal interpretation of classical education—its ends, as well as some of its means—and to respond to the objections of those who might approve of the goals of such an education, but who believe that it cannot meet the needs of an industrial democracy ro that it is not feasible as a model for mass education."

In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait unpack the prologue and engage some of the basic premises of Hick's philosophy, namely that modern education is descriptive in nature, whereas classical education is prescriptive in nature. Modern education treats education from the philosophical standpoint of what is while classical education strives for a standard of what ought to be.

Ep. 3 - Thanksgiving Poems

Ep. 3 - Thanksgiving Poems

November 23, 2021

This is Episode 3 of The Everlasting Education Podcast, a Kepler Education Production.

In this delightful and enlightening episode, Joffre Swait shares some of his Thanksgiving poetry and together he and Scott Postma unpack some of the more salient themes. This is an episode that would have made Horace proud, an episode we know you're going to enjoy. Listeners can find these poems and many more in Joffre's book, Well Met: Poems of Companionship. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ep. 2 - The Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door

Ep. 2 - The Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door

November 16, 2021

This is Episode 2 of The Everlasting Education Podcast, a Kepler Education Production.

 

In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait unpack the introduction to Jack Schneider's book, The Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door. Join them as they listen in, react to, and discuss Schneider's assault on parents who challenge the validity of the public school system. In Schneider's worldview, the public school system is good and right by default and it is the parents and conservative legislators who challenge the public school system who are the ravening wolves at the schoolhouse door.  

Ep. 1 - Is Public School Constitutional?

Ep. 1 - Is Public School Constitutional?

November 5, 2021

This is Episode 1 of The Everlasting Education Podcast, a Kepler Education Production.

 

In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait unpack Philip Hamburger's Wall Street Journal article, Is the Public School System Constitutional? In this article, Burger asserts that "The public school system...burdens [parents] not simply with poor teaching and discipline, but with political bias, hostility toward religion, and now even sexual and racial indoctrination. Schools often seek openly to shape the very identity of children" and then asks, "What can parents do about it?" Listen in to hear Scott and Joffre's answer to Burger's timely question.

 

 

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