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Some Thoughts on Education (6) – FAQs (A) How do I give my children what I lack? And (B) why must students learn things they will never “use”?

If parents are the most important factor in their children’s education, what chance do my children have? I didn’t get a good education, how do I give my children what I lack? As a parent you don’t need to know everything, none of us do. In fact, some parents with great educations help their children …

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Some Thoughts on Education (5) – Three Educational Challenges: Families, Politicization, and Technology Use

It is my judgement that the biggest problem with education has nothing to do with schools. Given this, hiring better teachers, training them another way, building better buildings, offering other courses, reforming teachers’ unions—I do not believe that any of these things get to the root of the problem. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try …

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Some Thoughts on Education (2) – What about Secular Education?

If we define the chief end of education, as I have, as the formation of the soul and if we define secular not as something anti-religious, but rather simply as something done without reference to God, then secular education is a contradiction in terms. It is not just the content of what is being taught …

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MMSD Gender & Sexuality Curriculum (3) – Ethics

The second philosophical problem with MMSD’s curriculum is that it assumes a moral course of action without proving or even arguing on behalf of it. Throughout the curriculum students are time and again taught that they need to “support” and be “allies” of those with non-normative sexualities. It is not my purpose here to argue …

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MMSD Gender and Sexuality Curriculum (2) – Metaphysics

There are three fundamental ways of understanding reality. The first view teaches that everything physical is a reflection of a deeper spiritual reality. For example, we find a rose or a sunset beautiful because it reflects beauty found in God. The second view teaches that there is a common reality found in like things. For …

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MMSD Gender and Sexuality Curriculum (1) – Psychological Development

Many of you have probably heard about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill that legislates that instruction regarding “sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” Given the amount of discussion around this …

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