Andrew Kern is the founder of the CiRCE Institute. We met with Mr. Kern in Greenville, South Carolina, during last year’s Southeastern Great Homeschool Convention. His insights into classical education, education philosophy, rest, wisdom and virtue, and Christian intellect were incredibly valuable, and did much to influence our own homeschooling practices.
Wisdom and virtue, truth, goodness, and beauty, knowing God and making him known – these continue to be hailed as the “important things”. Mr. Kern sums these ideas up perfectly in a single Biblical quote, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Hopefully, this is an encouragement to you, as you struggle to prioritize and schedule, plan and execute – to maintain balance.
“Christ is the note in which – he’s the key in which the whole cosmos sings. The angels sing in the key of Christ, and we should too. And when we aren’t willing to think, for whatever reason, when we aren’t willing to think according to our capacity, which for none of us is very great, but if we’re not willing to think according to our capacity then we have to consider the possibility that it’s because we don’t believe that Jesus is the truth, which he claimed to be – “The Way, The Truth, and The Life.” Andrew Kern, CiRCE Institute
Andrew Kern, of the CiRCE Institute, talks about the three basic skills we should be teaching our children, which are paying attention, memory, and imitation. In all things, these skills should be taught with an emphasis on the true, the good, and the beautiful.
“So we need to orient our instruction toward harmony, because Christ is the principal of all harmony, and if we do that then imitating and memorizing and paying attention will be energized. They will not just be a hook through the nose forcing kids to do things for tests, but they will be energized and directed toward something truly satisfying to the soul, and it’s satisfying because God made it that way. God made the soul to hunger for harmony and he made made himself as the solution. So every single time the soul harmonizes anything they experience the delight, ultimately the delight of knowing God, of enjoying God’s goodness. Now, obviously that’s the same thing as the glory of heaven, but it’s a taste. So let them taste it. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” –Andrew Kern, CiRCE Institute
Yvette talks with Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations at their headquarters in Southern Pines, North Carolina. CC is about to celebrate their 20th anniversary! They offer a fantastic program and curriculum for homeschooling families. From their website, “Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.” Learn more at https://www.classicalconversations.com.