An Amazing Connection: Education and Leisure

An Amazing Connection: Education and Leisure

“It is clear then that there are branches of learning and education that we must study merely with a view to leisure spent in intellectual activity, and these are to be valued for their own sake.” “And therefore our fathers admitted music into education…” Aristotle,...
Boarding School: A Father’s Retrospect

Boarding School: A Father’s Retrospect

“And the final outcome of education, I suppose we’d say, is a single newly finished person, who is either good or the opposite.” Plato, The Republic Two and half years ago I wrote a piece “When a Child Leaves Home,” when my son left for boarding school. In it I shared...
A Great Way to Spend a Life: Teaching

A Great Way to Spend a Life: Teaching

“The mind needs a mover to actualize it through teaching… Therefore the teacher raises the intellect to know the things he teaches…” Thomas Aquinas, On the Teacher At the end of a year a teacher is tired. It can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture through a...
Boys, and Their Names

Boys, and Their Names

“What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare I think I now have confidence that it is not just me. There is something about boys and their names. When I was little I would look for places to write my name. In fact even just the first letter, inscribed the...
The Time to Go to School

The Time to Go to School

“And the final outcome of education, I suppose we’d say, is a single newly finished person, who is either good or the opposite.” Plato, Republic Thinking about education is one of the most central and thorny of questions for parents. This time of year is usually a...

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