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The Desert Fathers and the Dessert Father: A Contemplative Retrospective

“Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider how their lives ended and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching” (Hb 13: 7-9). I have been reading some of the Desert Fathers lately. These were disciplined men, anchorites who li...

02 02 2018

Wise Men Look at the Stars

My favorite thing about John Senior, one of the most successful and influential teachers in the last century, is that his success and influence was not in talking about teaching or writing about teaching.  If the growing talk about his legacy seems to grow, his post-mortem fame is coming from the fact of his teaching.  He’s no John Dewey, famou...

12 27 2017

Truth or Happiness?

Mr. Brian Jones A dear friend of mine recently brought my attention to something that I have been pondering ever since I began teaching in 2009. After I taught an RCIA class, my friend raised a rather interesting point regarding a shift in his own approach towards pedagogy. The shift has been the result of his teaching both RCIA and years of giv...

07 22 2017

The Answer to the Crisis in Masculine Education: Play

I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times. -Proverbs 8:30 I am a teacher at an all-boys school. Those who think learning dull may suppose that teaching is dull, but I have ever found that education deals with the strange and sudden. I have never found it in droning over dusty volumes. My clas...

02 17 2016

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