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On Heidegger and Email from Cal Newport
In my more pessimistic moments of techno-contemplation, I worry about how many similarly deep thinkers we’ve accidentally “innovated” out of existed in recent years.
Standard of Living from The Legacy of Home
In the old days, of the 1800’s and early 1900’s, they would define “extravagances” as trying to live in society. It was attempting to live outside of your financial means – to be something you were not. The very wealthy were said to be the most important people. To live among them, to be invited to their social events, meant that you were moving up in life. You had to have money to dress a certain way, to live in a fashionable house, and to eat dainty and abundantly rich food. This cost a great deal of money. Yet, even then, there were happy families who lived quiet lives in common villages. They did not have social ambitions. They were happiest in their humble homes and with a dedication to character, virtue, family, and a life dedicated to trust and faith in the Lord.
Shame and the Gifted: The Squandering of Potential from Crushing Tall Poppies
Within our population of gifted children, there are twice-exceptional (2e) gifted children. These children are both gifted and also have one or more learning differences known as exceptionalities such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD, anxiety, visually- or hearing-impaired, and other conditions which can hinder learning in a standardized learning environment. These exceptionalities, these learning differences can mask identifying gifted traits and can result in the inability of the twice-exceptional student to perform as expected in school. Quite often the scenario is such that a 2e gifted child goes unidentified because, although his high-level intelligence is recognized, his performance and achievement do not meet stereotypical educational expectations. And our traditional educational system will focus on addressing the student’s disability while neglecting his intellectual strengths. Most often, this creates a painful inner conflict within the child–“if I’m so smart, why am I not making good grades?”
This is the point at which the shame spiral begins.
C.S. Lewis’s Stepson at the Texas Homeschool Convention from Prologion
I travel to a lot of different places and meet a lot of different people. I also hear a lot of different speakers. After a while, most of those experiences become a blur in my mind. However, a few stand out as truly extraordinary, and last weekend was one of those. I spoke at the Texas Homeschool Convention, and while I was there, I got a chance to meet with Douglas Gresham, a man I had corresponded with a few years ago and interviewed a few weeks ago. We had a lovely lunch, over which Mr. Gresham shared some of his memories of C.S. Lewis, who he refers to as “Jack.”
More information about the Great Homeschool Conventions around the country, including where Mr. Gresheam will be speaking.
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