Monthly Archives: February 2012

11 Reasons to Secede from Public Schools

Readers of this blog probably know that my wife and I homeschool our children. I normally don’t pay much attention to the news about what’s happening in “regular” schools, whether public or private. However, a couple of sites I often … Continue reading

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Funeral Games and Giant Aliens

Another Monday means another report on the Great Books. We’re still plugging along and on pace to finish in 2017. This week we will cross the 6,500-page mark in the program. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: The … Continue reading

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Menger and the Founders

Week 2 of the Mises Institute’s Home Study Course in Austrian Economics includes one audio lecture and readings from three books. “The Marginalist Revolution” by Joseph Salerno: This lecture from the 2001 Mises University explains the discovery of the law … Continue reading

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U.S. “Getting More Conservative,” Says The Atlantic

A senior editor at the prestigious center-left Atlantic magazine has crunched some numbers in an attempt to explain the growing percentage of the American population that identifies itself as conservative. Recent polls break down like this: Conservatives: 40% Moderates: 36% … Continue reading

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Hell Hath No Fury Like Dido Scorned

It’s another Great Books Monday, and when I checked my spreadsheet to see how much progress we’ve made yesterday, I discovered we had passed the 6,000-page mark three weeks ago without my even realizing it. That’s the sort of surprise … Continue reading

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Spartans Actually Do Surrender Sometimes

Having just come off a weekend where I had the satisfying experience of seeing a live stream of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung from the Met, I feel like I ought to start an opera (or at least a classical music) project. Maybe … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Still on the Rise, and in Places You Might Not Expect

A couple of articles about homeschooling in the last week or so have caught my attention and give reasons for continued optimism about the future of this educational model. First, data from states that keep track of homeschooling show a … Continue reading

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The Biblical Foundations of Economics

Chapter 1 of Shawn Ritenour’s Foundations of Economics differs greatly from the opening chapter of nearly every other economic text I’ve ever seen, not just because it approaches the discipline from an explicitly Christian perspective, but also because it’s devoted … Continue reading

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Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts

Do you feel a sense of responsibility when you realize that, when you read the Great Books, you are dealing with some of the most profound and influential documents in the history of the world? I think that some people … Continue reading

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