What is Classical Education?

This morning I braved the snowy roads (the city apparently decided to not bother plowing even the major roads) to hear Matt Bianco, the national director of education for Classical Conversations speak on what classical education means. It was very informative, as well as entertaining, and I wanted to share…

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Link Love

This is an interesting article arguing that it isn’t necessary to formally teach math. Who invented writing? This charming video from TED Ed describes the development of writing. This looks like a neat writing curriculum, Brave writing. What does it mean to remember? I haven’t watched this TED video yet, but it…

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Frost and Woolf: Tradition and Modernity

This is an essay I wrote last semester for my Ideas of the 20th Century course. The assignment was to explore two modern artists who had contrasting views about progress and modernity.  Robert Frost, a 20th century American poet, opposed the disintegration of tradition. He called for a return to…

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Rousseau and Marx on Historical Progress

This is an essay I wrote last semester for my Modern and Postmodern Philosophy class.  For Rousseau, historical progress only further removes man from his natural state of living. He argues that the cultivation of civilized studies weaken the natural virtues of men; in his Discourse on the Arts and…

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The Future is Upon Us

Over the past year or so I’ve become a huge fan of epic music. This is the kind of music you hear in movie trailers, epic movies (think Lord of the Rings) and video games, or so I’m told. Not having ever played video games, I wouldn’t actually know, haha. But, epic music is perfect study background music. Most of time I can’t listen to vocal music while studying because it is so distracting. I used to listen to classical music instead, but it is hard to find classical music intense enough to keep me awake. Epic is like classical music except far more intense and motivating than most classical songs. So at 11pm when  you’re desperately trying to stay focused, epic music makes you feel like with this essay assignment you are conquering the dread evil that threatens humanity’s existence. It makes you feel like you could truly just walk into Mordor. Anyways…I just discovered that one of my favorite epic groups, Audiomachine, released a new album this year, called Existence. So I listened to it several times last night while studying chemistry. This, I determined, is my favorite song from that album. Lest you think I listen to nothing but Bastille, I thought I’d share it with you!