"A 2016 Nielsen report calculates that the average American devotes more than 10 hours per day to consuming media—including radio, TV, and all electronic devices. That constitutes 65 percent of waking hours, leaving little time for the much harder work of focused concentration on reading." A commitment to reading is an ongoing battle
A remedy to this culture wide harmful addiction is reading. Have your children pick up a book rather than stare at a screen for hours on end. "But we can’t go on letting our children ‘be like everyone else’ when it’s damaging them. If the next generation is to grow up bright, balanced and…Read more The iPad is a Far Bigger Threat to Our Children Than Anyone Realizes
Here is an example of psalm tone chant from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. This sung prayer is the Magnificat. Psalm tones are a simple but beautiful way to sing prayer. Here is the video.
In recent years there has been a renewed interest in Gregorian chant. Most people might think only of the chants of the ordinary of the Mass; the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. People might even think of Gregorian hymns of the past, but there are other prayers during the Mass that people might…Read more Restoring the Chanted Propers in the Mass
Socialization is misunderstood to mean that children have to spend the majority of their time with their peers. What they learn is dictated by the peer group. As homeschoolers, we see socialization in a different sense, in that children spend the majority of their time with their parents and families, but they are comfortable with people of…Read more Homeschooling and Socialization
This is a must -read from the Wall Street Journal if you either have sons, grandsons or nephews or know anybody who does. It was written in 2010, and the situation hasn't gotten any better. The bold sections are my emphasis. When I was a young boy, America’s elite schools and universities…Read more Boys and Reading
Awhile back I read Matthew Lickona’s Swimming With Scapulars as part of a summer reading program at Aquinas and More. I was struck by something he wrote about a high school experience. Matthew related the time he was the lone voice for life in a high school class titled “You and the Law.” He had awkwardly defended the right-to-life and the…Read more Classical Education–Why?