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Advent & Christmas Traditions – Francis Foucachon

What are Traditions? Traditions give us anchors to hold onto as time passes and as the pages of the calendar turn. Traditions are constants we can look forward to. Traditions connect groups and communities. They are the instruments to transmit beliefs from one generation to another, helping to tie the past to the present. In France, the open-air Christmas market is one of these traditions that ties both old and young together, as from year-to-year, grandparents, children, and grandchildren make their annual pilgrimage to a concentration of many sellers’ booths that constitute a real little village called the marché de … Continue Reading “Advent & Christmas Traditions – Francis Foucachon”

Fight Like an Amateur: Affirmation as Cultural Warfare

G.K. Chesterton once said that the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. I believe that it is increasingly difficult for our culture to understand what Chesterton means. To understand why love is a more powerful motivator than hate, we must grasp that there are ultimate commitments involved in either posture: One fights out of a fundamental desire to destroy and dominate and the other fights because it is compelled by love to defend the good of the beloved. Think for a moment about all the … Continue Reading “Fight Like an Amateur: Affirmation as Cultural Warfare”

The Precious Advantage of a Tutor in Home Education | James Adams

The Education of John Quincy Adams In this letter (full letter below), John Adams is writing to his son about his education, its importance, and the subjects that should be the focus of his attention, which were “Your exercises in Latin and Greek” which “must not be omitted a single day…”. He also encourages him to plod steadily, staying that “a regular distribution of your time is of great importance.” The Precious Advantage of a Tutor Adams was very personally invested in his son’s education and upbringing, and in this letter and others references his library, pointing his son to … Continue Reading “The Precious Advantage of a Tutor in Home Education | James Adams”

“Lend me your ears.”

“Lend me your ears” is probably the most famous phrase associated with rhetoric. They are the words of Marc Antony as told by Shakespeare to an unruly crowd in Rome following the assassination of Julius Caesar. Starting with those words he proceeded to quiet the crowd, then artfully persuaded the crowd to turn their wrath towards those who assassinated Caesar. Words are powerful. Words change the course of nations, as well as homes and relationships. They can do great good, and great harm. Words wield so much power that it is a common impulse to avoid the formal study of … Continue Reading ““Lend me your ears.””

Why Old Western Culture has no self-graded quizzes

Several years ago we produced self-grading quizzes for a unit of Old Western Culture as a trial. They worked great, and demonstrated that students were paying attention to the material. But we decided not to publish them. Here is why. While self-grading quizzes can be very useful, especially for subjects like math and language, we wanted to emphasize the “recitation,” or Socratic dialogue use of the workbooks for Old Western Culture. Ideally, the workbooks shouldn’t be used for mere comprehension, even if they accomplish that, but as a jumping point for discussion. Grappling with the questions from the lectures and readings … Continue Reading “Why Old Western Culture has no self-graded quizzes”

Complete Lecture List for Old Western Culture

Old Western Culture is our literature curriculum which guides students through the great books of Western civilization from the ancient Greeks to the Early Modern period. It is divided into four years (The Greeks, The Romans, Christendom, and Early Moderns), and each year has four units. We publish details about each year and unit on their own pages, but below is all 192 lectures from Old Western Culture in one place! COMPLETE LECTURE LIST FOR THE GREEKS THE EPICS: Lecture 1 – Introduction to Old Western Culture Lecture 2 – The Backdrop to the Iliad. Lecture 3 – The Anger … Continue Reading “Complete Lecture List for Old Western Culture”

Remembering a Speech – 80 Years Later

80 years ago today, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and tomorrow marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most significant orations in American history: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Declaration of War Upon Japan. The speech is significant for several reasons. It reminds us of the nation we once lived in. We hear the dignified tone of a great American leader, confident in his country, confident in his God. We are reminded that the President is a man under authority himself, as Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war rather than taking unilateral executive action. It shows us that a great speech can be written at the simple … Continue Reading “Remembering a Speech – 80 Years Later”

Thanksgiving 2020: Thankful for both in-person and remote fellowship

Thankful for both in-person and remote fellowship In 2020 more than ever before, we are aware of two realities. One, the gift of sitting down face-to-face and sharing a meal, in person. The sight, the smell, the touch, the warmth, the taste. Second, the gift of technology in bringing people together, however imperfectly. As we wait for the resurrection from the dead on the last day and Supper of the Lamb where all those in Christ will eat, face-to-face (no Zoom), we are grateful for those technologies that bring us together now, whether it’s a family member across the country … Continue Reading “Thanksgiving 2020: Thankful for both in-person and remote fellowship”

Introducing Kepler Education

Dear friends of Roman Roads Press, For the last five years we have offered classes through Roman Roads Classroom, a small online live-class service where we used the flipped-classroom model of lecture + live recitation. Many of you used this service and expressed how much you loved the model. Additionally, teachers loved this model. That is why last year we founded Kepler Education, building on the foundation so many of you loved with Roman Roads Classroom. What has changed? The biggest change in the transition from Roman Roads Classroom to Kepler Education is the quantity of teachers who have joined … Continue Reading “Introducing Kepler Education”