In our first episode of this series, we discuss selections from Book 5, 6 and 7 of Plato's Republic. We consider how the allegory of the cave connects to education. Additionally, we discuss the tripartite soul and other features of education for the polis that Plato outlines in the Republic. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3U9gDMugmbtJ1StWfR1oJq?si=f0169e22a15f4d58
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ludqfWwPdZc4ZDWjdrcLs?si=dcb99122587c4946 We may not exactly consider teachers to be leaders - but they certainly are. We discuss teachers as "tour guides" and "coaches" who lead students academically and spiritually. We compare the mental models of classroom management, which focuses on detail-oriented task-completion, to classroom leadership, which focuses on empowerment and a grander vision.
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Xu3PDHGelOmEW3zy5FEK9?si=0ea420ae12d54267 In classical Christian schools, we see the relationship between parents and educators as a partnership. We discuss approaches for parents to consider to foster strong relationships with schools and how to handle concerns and difficulties within a classical Christian school. Likewise, we consider ways that parents can be vigilant about upholding their authority when … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 4 – How do parents partner with schools to lead in their homes?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/64dusRurksqiHp5TfXT5aE?si=59164f3c50994c8e In this episode, we take time to respond to some questions our listeners have about education as formation. The questions we discuss are: How could a new classical Christian teacher get prepared for a course, teaching with this goal in mind? What should they do first?How does this series apply to parents who are … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 8 – Education as formation: Q & A
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3IYZcvyVebiyV0Zf4LknBy?si=07c0613e37804086 We discuss ways that math and science classes contribute to formation. For further reading, we recommend the following works: Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su, The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain, and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning edited by David Smith and James K. A. Smith.
I’ve just finished my seventh year of teaching. Over these last seven years, I have taught hundreds of students, dozens of classes, and worked on a couple of degrees. They have been full years of challenge and growth. This summer, I’ve thought more about my time off after this seventh year as a Sabbatical. In … Continue reading The Summer Sabbatical: What is Summer Like for Teachers?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3CsLFuHvlHCLyGMIMYUHtf?si=moa4H9wxRn608R243lyeKQ Classical Christian education gives teachers the freedom to engage students with various pedagogical methods. As classical Christian teachers, we must learn to take ownership of our classrooms, to delve into the appropriate teaching methods, and intentionally form our students through our courses. In this episode, we discuss the culture of the classical Christian classroom … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 4 – If education is about formation, then what does that mean for teachers?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/1J7rl7KOge3d2qM7EiWOTf?si=kQ0XqNmKTPyArAwEcoY45A After delving into the recent history of education, we discuss the danger of information becoming the goal of education at the K - 12 level.
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3Wy9GSgq82COCNa1HjFoOI?si=XDUxooVMSGmb31HMhh5daQ We discuss the history of the concept of education being formation as it is seen in various sources: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and C. S. Lewis. As embodied souls, we must recognize that our actions shape our soul's desires. We delve into Plato's Republic, discussing Plato's vision of the just soul as it relates to … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 1 – What does it mean when people say the goal of education is formation?