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Substance (1) – Introduction

God is sovereign: nothing happens without His purpose, permission, and limitation. Right now we can’t see God’s purpose in allowing the majority of our students to be prohibited from meeting in-person. But we know from His Word that He is always working for our good and His glory. Think of Joseph’s enslavement and imprisonment or …

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Our Approach to Next Year

A lot of you are probably wondering what school is going to look like next year. Right now we are in the process of putting together a protocol to ensure that we are doing what we can to keep our community safe while also ensuring that our students get the education that they need and …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part XI) – Chapter 9: Make America an Idea Again

Senator Sasse foresees three challenges in the near future: 1) Accelerating technologies are going to make a lot of current jobs disappear. 2) The coming-of-age crisis that he’s discussed in this book. 3) The fact that in times of economic disruption we see the rise of people who offer quick fixes, nativist campaigns, and more …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part X) – Chapter Eight: Build a Bookshelf

Allan Bloom: the failure to read good books both narrows people’s vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency: the belief that the here and now is all there is. America was founded deliberately by people who believed in heaven and hell, who thought about rights and responsibilities, and that considered what type of society would …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part IX) – Chapter Seven: Travel to See

Senator Sasse believes that, like hard work, travel can challenge and transform us. It can create empathy. It can create challenges for young people to overcome. Sasse quotes Edward Gibbon’s description of a good traveler. “He should be endowed with an active, indefatigable vigor of mind and body, which can seize every mode of conveyance, …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part VIII) – Chapter Six: Consume Less

In another chapter perfectly fitting the current crisis, Senator Sasse writes that we need to teach our children to exercise self-control in what they consume and train them to seek happiness in non-material things. He says that we must draw a firm line between things that help us to survive, to learn, to live a …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part VII) – Chapter 5: Embrace Work Pain

Productivity is essential to human flourishing. We often fail to see this. Among our young there is an outsized sense of entitlement without any corresponding notion of accountability. This is because we often see freedom the wrong way. Ben Sasses was president of a college for five year. While there he conducted a survey wherein …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part VI) – Chapter 4: Flee Age Segregation

If someone from 18th century Boston were to travel to the present, after they got past our technology the two changes that would more surprised them would be the way we separate work from home and the ways in which we segregate our young from older people in our communities. 300 years ago nobody commuted …

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The Vanishing American Adult (Part V) – Chapter 3: Contemporary American Education

All motion is not progress. Neither is increased choice. For example, as our independence becomes more boundless, our loneliness grows. Our schools have changed a lot in the last fifty years. They are different, but they are not better. In fact, by many metrics they are far worse. Why? Is it because they are underfunded? …

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