Category: Basics

Basics, Education, Intellectual Virtues, Pedagogy

How to pass any exam

I’ve told my students this exact advice so many times: Here are some posts I’ve written about serious study strategies: Lecture to the wall Thomas Aquinas on Memory Study Space The Bible’s Study Pattern  

Christian Mindset, Basics, Education, Mindset

Growth and Biblical Wisdom

Everybody has a self-theory, some hypothesis or doctrine about what/who they are. Some of these theories are simple sentences like, “I’m an athlete.” Others are more fundamental, like, “I’m worthless.” According to Carol Dweck and Daniel Molden, our self-theories lead directly to our self-esteem maintenance/repair strategies after we fail at a task or to reach …

Basics, Writing, Dialectic, Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy

Simplify Complex Problems Like Descartes

Ever Feel Stupid? Many of us wish we were smarter than we are. Rene Descartes even felt this way:   “For myself, I have never fancied my mind to be in any respect more perfect than those of the generality; on the contrary, I have often wished that I were equal to some others in promptitude …

Basics, Writing, Dialectic, Education

Dialectic: The Second Art of the Trivium

Introduction: What is dialectic? What is logic? The second liberal art is logic or dialectic. Dialectic typically refers to the practice of precise discussion, using a question and answer format with facts or apparent facts, to explain or get at the truth. It has another, less academic, use I’ll explain later. Logic is a more …

Autobiography, Basics

How I Escape the Dungeon

Everybody finds themselves in the dungeon from time to time. It’s that place where you feel like progress is impossible or meaningless, like you’ve gone too far in a wrong direction, or that there’s no such thing as the right direction. It’s so weird, because it feels like the same place no matter where you …


Teddy Roosevelt on Masculinity

A former student texted me out of the blue something like this, “Why isn’t there anything specific about masculinity taught at the school?” It’s a problem I’ve thought about for a while. There are, at the high school level, many pitfalls. The first is the significant danger of shaming young boys for non-masculine behavior with …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual Life

A Spiritual Exercise From Genesis 4:1-7

The Introduction to Cain’s Story Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a …

Basics, Christianity

Corruption and Perfection

Imagine the horror of your bad habits being made known on your body, on the news, or to the masses on social media. Even more than your social life, imagine the effects of such habits on your soul or upon your highest aspirations in life. If you’ve ever read The Picture of Dorian Gray you get to …

Basics, Bible, Christianity

Exceptions to Jesus’ teaching

In a previous post I briefly mentioned exceptions to what Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount. Below, I’ll attempt to show that this is true and why it matters. Thesis: In the New Testament, there are exceptions to several of Jesus’ teachings. Corollary: The exceptions to Jesus’ teachings demonstrate that they are meant for …

Basics, Education, Pedagogy

Quick-Sand Memory: Lecture to the Wall and Beyond

Introduction Many young people are challenged to study harder to succeed, but very few of them are given any helpful guidelines for studying. Below are two helpful study techniques and one piece of research that support them. Lecture to the Wall “The Overnight Student” by Michael Jones which can be found here. The book is …