Category: Education

why “education doesn’t work”

If you’ve ever been tempted to read Freddie deBoer’s book The Cult of Smart, I have some good news for you: you don’t have to! America’s favorite Twitter-drydrunk has summarized the most important bits of his book in this essay,...

/ April 20, 2022

the liberal order and its haters

I’ve had several conversations in the past year in person and online in which I referenced “the liberal order” or “liberalism” as me and some of my buddies understand it, only to find that I have engendered confusion with this...

/ April 6, 2022

Public Education, Justice, and Solidarity

Firing up the ol’ blog machine (in no small part because the excellent Tara Isabella Burton has joined the Mere-O world) for a series of disjointed thoughts on this Atlantic piece about a family that tried to escape the insane...

/ September 17, 2019

exposing the wounds in the Church

I really wish this New Yorker profile of Karen Swallow Prior had been about three times as long, but it’ll have to do for now: The next morning, we shared a breakfast of scrambled eggs with some venison that Roy had...

/ January 11, 2019

education and all God’s children

I really appreciated D.L. Mayfield’s essay about educating our children and “gifted and talented” programs: What is the right relationship to educational choice for the Christian? It’s complicated, and I often think about what Paul was trying to communicate in...

/ December 28, 2018

culture is learning to be free

This is a fascinating interview with Patrick Deneen at the ever-worthwhile Comment magazine (subscribe now for $30/year!) Liberalism ends in slavery because its notion of freedom involves the pursuit of desires that can never be sated, that can never be fulfilled....

/ December 20, 2018

more on teaching professionalism to medical students

After reading Brewer Eberly’s great piece on the main site about virtue ethics and the Reformed tradition, I was delighted to find this reflection from him about teaching professionalism to medical students: And yet, medical students may be disconnected from moral...

/ December 18, 2018

where Foucault and the Apostle Paul meet

This interview with Alan Jacobs is full of all the things I love to think about! The new book has an “Interlude,” in which you point to “other pilgrims, other paths,” and one of the figures is Dorothy Day, an icon...

/ October 29, 2018

“has anyone asked working-class families if being sucked into a frantically achievement-obsessed rat race is a benefaction they are interested in?”

This essay from Helen Andrews is just too enjoyable not to share: Does Currid-Halkett have anything bad to say about the new elite? She has just one complaint, which she repeats again and again whenever she senses that she is sounding too...

/ October 2, 2018

the college pipeline is not working for people

This post from the Institute of Family Studies hammers home what I think is a really important point about college: High school graduates enroll in college at higher rates than they used to, but that has not translated to a surge in...

/ September 27, 2018