Category: Pedagogy

Rhetoric, Writing, Dialectic, Education, Intellectual Virtues, Pedagogy, Philosophy

Rhetoric and Dialectic: The Difference and Why It Matters

Summary: Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, dialectic of verbal reasoning. Knowing the difference between the two will make you a better reader, listener, thinker, writer, and speaker. Introduction Sometimes a tool becomes so important to us, it’s impossible to imagine not having it. I tend to think of shoes, my pocket knife, and my …

Pedagogy, Philosophy

The Lindy Effect and Classical Education

Schools purporting to offer a classical education are cropping up around the country. Is this recent trend good or bad? To answer this question, I propose that classical education is Lindy-compatible, and therefore minimally not harmful, but likely helpful. Here is Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s description of the Lindy effect: “Lindy is a deli in New …

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  

Basics, Links, Pedagogy, Psychology

How to be boring

A popular blog managed not to conform to the zeitgeist. I found this treasure trove of ways to lose friends and alienate people: Negative egocentrism. The #1 most boring way of behaving was what the researchers described as “being negative and complaining, talking about one’s problems, displaying disinterest in others.” Banality. “Talking about trivial or superficial things, …

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 …

Education, Pedagogy, Psychology

Jordan Peterson’s Online University

Over at Captain Capitalism, Aaron Clarey made a point I don’t find fully convincing. It’s a brief and hidden point in a post I otherwise agree with entirely. He mentions Jordan Peterson’s desire to offer a liberal arts education online and calls the degree Peterson would offer worthless.  Now, in context, Clarey has affirmed that …

Economics, Film, Culture, Education, Parenting, Pedagogy

Youth Science Projects and American Aspirations

I came across an archived usenet post linked on social media: How come the heros of our movies are no longer Micky Rooney or Spencer Tracy playing Thomas Edison, or Paul Muni playing Erlich or Pasteur, instead Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison and Woody Harrelson playing Larry Flint? And movies whose heros are lawyers.   …

Ethics, Mindset, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Effort Habit: Keep the Faculty of Effort Alive in You

William James on the Effort Habit One of my favorite selections from James’ psychology text book is about developing an effort habit: Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something 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 …

Book-Review, Education, Pedagogy, Psychology

Book Review: Stuart Ritchie’s Intelligence: All that matters

Stuart Ritchie, Intelligence: All That Matters. (Hodder & Stoughton, Kindle Edition 2016). As an educator and leader, I try to stay up to date on research into personality and human potential. But sometimes I cannot keep up with recent findings. Stuart Ritchie’s new book helped fill the gaps. Dr. Ritchie is a post-doc researcher at …