“Back to School” Is Not Just for Kids

  "The time has come to revive an idea that once seemed natural: the student's life as a Christian calling." Dr. Leland Ryken, author and professor, writes this in a chapter that he contributed to Liberal Arts for the Christian Life. For Ryken and many Christian educators (like myself), education is not a season of life meant... Continue Reading →

College Kids (and applications)

someone please save us, us college kids! what my parents told me is what i did they said go to school and be a college kid but in the end i questioned why i did -Relient K, "College Kids" It's the time of year when seniors are sending off some last minute applications and juniors... Continue Reading →

Adventure: Reflection and Looking Ahead

  Seven years ago today I embarked on an incredibly transformative life-adventure: backpacking through Europe by myself for 3.5 months as a freshly graduated 22 year old. I spent time journaling and reflecting this morning. Here's today's entry: January 14 [2017]: On this day seven years ago I flew from St. Louis to Dublin. That... Continue Reading →

Faustus Makes a Deal with…Will Ferrell?

This week in my online Renaissance class we are reading Christopher Marlowe's famous play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. In the play Faustus makes a deal with the devil in exchange for a life of decadence for twenty-four years on earth. In addition to various other tasks, we were asked to analyze the continued effects... Continue Reading →

“What is Literature for?”

HERE is a wonderful video put together by The School of Life group. As in everything, we should not assume that our learners have answered the question: "Yes, but why is this important?" As a literature student and teacher, I know why I love my subject. But do my students? We need to help make that connection... Continue Reading →

Learning to Love to Read

*This is the first post. If you aren't familiar with the purpose of the blog, please check out the page "Mr. Caleb" to learn more. Like nearly everything in life, reading is a discipline. It takes time and practice to develop good reading skills. But for many people I know, there's also that book (or... Continue Reading →

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