Rather than try to do Martin’s talk justice with a narrative or paragraph form, allow me to simply record the “outline” or flow chart of his wonderful talk.Introduction:
- The first thing we discover in Genesis 1 is that God’s six days of creative work were centered on forming and filling.
- Days 1-3 — forming
- Days 4-6 — filling
- In our schools, our students enter our halls w/o formed or filled minds.
- To educate is to form and fill.
- Aristotle – difference between form & matter
- Form: pattern for a dress; recipe; blueprint
- Matter: cloth for a dress; ingredients; lumber
- ED Hirsch: blames Rousseau for changing the definition of education from the classical to the modern, “The Schools We Need & Why We Don’t Have Them.”
- A major way to approach this is to “order” our students minds — Order is approached quite differently depending upon the various educational views at play:
- More or less is made of it (order)
- What we are ordering changes according to the view: sinfulness / hierarchical / basic goodness of man, etc.
- Using Latin to order the mind – not imposing an order on language but exposing the created order – see George Steiner’s works, esp. “Real Presences”
- In the matter of content…
- We must have common reference points – Books
- Is there a Western Canon – not so much the specifics as it is a corpus