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...
Hearing the Right Stories

Hearing the Right Stories

“Such, then, I said are the kinds of stories that I think future guardians should and should not hear…” Plato, Republic III Few moments are as precious, for parents or for children. As my older children are leaving home, my mind goes back to those days…when all...
Music: A Two Week Challenge

Music: A Two Week Challenge

“Aren’t these the reasons, Glaucon, that education in music and poetry is most important? First, because rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else, affecting it most strongly and bringing it grace, so that if someone is...
The Craft of Education

The Craft of Education

“Then education is the craft concerned with doing this very thing, this turning around, and with how the soul can most easily and effectively be made to do it.” Plato, Republic VII There is a craft of living a good human life. Plato calls it justice. And there is a...
Saved by Education

Saved by Education

“You should realize that if anyone is saved and becomes what he ought to be under our present constitutions, he has been saved—you might rightly say—by a divine dispensation.” Plato, Republic VI Considering what Plato thought about his own age, we wonder what he would...

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