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The Consortium Podcast
70 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Ep. 43 - Brent Pinkall and Redeeming the Six Arts
This is Episode 43 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Brent Pinkall, a lecturer in rhetoric at New St. Andrews College and author of the new book, Redeeming the Six Arts: A Christian Approach to Chinese Classical Education joins Scott Postma to talk about the characteristics of the six classical Chinese arts and how they relate to the Western liberal arts. Brent argues that classical Christian education is not fundamentally a canon of fixed texts or subjects but rather an approach rooted in the Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. Insofar as our ancestors differ, the languages, literature, and arts we study will also differ. Although Chinese Christians share the same "spiritual" fathers as their Western counterparts, their "earthly" fathers are different, and therefore their curriculum must reflect not only a shared "Christian" heritage but also a unique "classical" heritage. Purchase Redeeming the Six Arts here. Learn more about New Saint Andrews College here. Read the Consortium Blog here.
62 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
Ep. 42 - Joe Carlson and the Divine Comedy
This is Episode 42 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma talks with Dante Scholar, Joe Carlson, about his new translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Joe is a graduate of New St Andrews College, in Moscow, ID, completed his MA and is now pursuing PhD in Literature at the University of Dallas. He is married to Jen, they have one son, Joseph Benaiah, and prior to pursuing his doctorate, he served as a pastor in California for seven years. Joe's books can be found at Roman Roads Press and he is teaching a Dante course on the Kepler Education platform in the Spring of 2023. In addition to reading Dante, Joe highly recommends listeners read Michael Ward's book, Planet Narnia.
47 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Ep. 41 - Dr. Mike Wilhelm on Youth Ministry and the Iona Project
This is Episode 41 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Dr. Mike Wilhelm joins Scott Postma to talk about the Great Books and the life of the mind, ministering to youth as the senior chaplain at a residential child care facility, and the Iona Project—a quasi-neo-monastic gap-year opportunity for college graduates. Dr. Wilhelm is the senior chaplain at Cal Farley Boys Ranch near Amarillo, TX. Cal Farley Boys Ranch is NOT actually exclusively for boys and has been a leader in residential childcare services for over 80 years. CFBR meets the needs of children and families by way of the continued generosity of supporters while never seeking state or federal funds to support the work. Learn more about the Iona Project, here, or watch the promo video here (3 min). Find, The Brothers Karamazov, here. Find The Romance of Photogen and Nycteris, here.
42 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Ep. 40 - Dr. Junius Johnson and Redeeming Imagination
This is Episode 40 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Dr. Junius Johnson joins Scott Postma to talk about Liberal Arts Education, Great Books, Fantasy, and redeeming the human Imagination. Dr. Johnson is a Yale-trained, independent scholar of theology, philosophy, and literature who devotes his time to thinking and writing about whatever is good, noble, and excellent, and how to bring these things to bear to nurture meaningful lives. He resides in Memphis, TN with his wife, Rebekah, and their two children. You can learn more about Dr. Junius Johnson and the courses he teaches at Junius Johnson Academics. In the podcast, he recommends G. K. Chesterton's Tremendous Trifles. In November 2022, he is speaking at the Eliot Society on The Imagination at the Heart of Discipleship.
54 minutes | Oct 7, 2022
Ep. 39 - Carrie Eben on Intellectual Virtues, Assessment, and Poetic Knowledge
This is Episode 39 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma talks with Carrie Eben, a classical educator and the founding consultant at Classical Eben. Carrie was introduced to classical education and Douglas Wilson’s book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning in 1999 when she began working at St. Augustine’s Classical School in Tulsa. Since then, she has provided a classical education for her children in both private, classical schools (where she taught) and classical homeschool. She joined Classical Conversations in 2010 as an Essentials of the English Language tutor in Keller, Texas and has served in many other leadership and teaching capacities. Today she serves on the board of Sager Classical Academy, a classical Christian school in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Carrie holds a BSEd degree from John Brown University and MSEd from Oklahoma State University and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Faulkner University. Together with Dr. Albert Cheng, director of the Classical Education Research Lab at the University of Arkansas, Carrie has a research article forthcoming in The Consortium Journal, "Assessing the Pedagogical Power of Poetry for Poetic Knowledge." In the podcast, Carrie mentioned the book, Deep in Thought: A Practical Guide to Teaching for Intellectual Virtues. Learn more about our sponsor, Kepler Education, and how this consortium of classical Christian educators is helping families connect with some of the top teachers in classical Christian education.
43 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Ep 38 - Karen Elliott and Rafiki Foundation
This is Episode 38 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma talks with the executive director of the Rafiki Foundation, Karen Elliott. Rafiki means "friend" in Swahili and depicts the purpose of the Foundation - to help people know God and raise their standard of living with excellence and integrity. Since 1985, the Foundation has been building Rafiki Villages throughout Africa that seek to cultivate human flourishing through Bible study and classical Christian education. Karen has served with Rafiki since 1990, including twelve years on the mission field, primarily in Nigeria. She is now Rafiki's executive director. She holds a BBA in finance/accounting and music minor from Southern Methodist University, Masters degree in Education from UTA and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Faulkner University.
37 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Ep. 37 - Dr. Chris Swanson and Learning for Life
This is Episode 37 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma interviews Dr. Chris Swanson, president of Gutenberg College in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Swanson shares his own unique education journey, Gutenberg's innovative (but not new) approach to a liberal arts education, and why educators should consider attending the Learning for Life Education Conference hosted by Gutenberg College in September each year. This year the conference is September 8-10, 2022. Learning for Life Education Conference speakers and topics include: Amanda Butler of Classical Conversations “Reclaiming the Art of Conversation” Scott Postma Kepler Education “Preparing Students for a Life Worth Living” Andrew Pudewa Institute for Excellence in Writing “However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Teaching” Kathryn Smith Templeton Honors College “A Fairy Tale Education” Andrew Zwerneman Cana Academy “History: Seeing the Whole” Eliot Grasso Gutenberg College “Learning for an Integrated Life” Chris Swanson Gutenberg College “An Inquiry Approach to Mathematics and the Sciences”
62 minutes | May 5, 2022
Ep. 36 - Why New England Needs Classical Education
This is Episode 36 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog sponsored by Kepler Education. In this episode, Sarah Abbott and Tim Knotts of the Classical Learning Consortium for New England join Scott Postma to discuss the need for classical education in New England. Given the number of Ivy League schools in New England, it is only obvious that it once was the epicenter for liberal education in the United States; In the 19th century, however, it became a leader in the push for the modern education of Horace Mann and John Dewey. Learn why, like never before, New England needs Classical Christian Education. Listen in to a fascinating discussion about what classical education is, what the Classical Learning Consortium for New England is doing, and why Kepler Education is joining the CLCNE to host the New England Consortium of Classical Educators on July 15-16, 2022. Learn more about or get tickets for the New England Consortium of Classical Educators.
78 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Andrew Kern: What Happened to Classical Education?
This is Episode 35 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma talks with Andrew Kern of the CiRCE Institute about Classical Education and Andrew's 3-part article, What Happened to Classical Education? Listen in as Andrew brilliantly answers some of the big questions educators should be (and are) asking: What is classical education? What forms or variations does it offer? Is it an identifiable method? Is it a formula or even a form? Is it a creed, a value system, a set of skills? What do we mean when we claim to be classical educators? Read all three parts of What Happened to Classical Education? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Learn more about CiRCE and Andrew Kern here. Learn more about Kepler and classical Christian Education here.
30 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
The Growing Spotlight on Classical Christian Education
This is Episode 34 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma sits down with Joffre Swait to discuss Fox Nation's recent 5-part documentary on classical Christian education and what the growing spotlight means for Classical Christian Education. First, we discussed the various themes and implications treated by each episode and then we looked at the larger consideration of how to reclaim the Christian Paideia in the 21st-Century. You can find the Fox Nation documentary here and use code: classroom to watch it free. You can also watch the short film Kepler produced last year, We've Been Schooled. Learn more about classical Christian Education here.
35 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Jake Litwin on Apologetics and Integrated Humanities
This is Episode 33 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma sits down with Jake Litwin to discuss the Integrated Humanities and Apologetics, and why the various concepts studied in these subjects are essential to a well-rounded high school education. Jake is a teacher at Kepler Education, teaching Ancient and Classical Humanities and Apologetics. He is also part of The Doane Creative Agency team, a brand building and content communication company. Jake earned a B.A. in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Christian Education. He lives in Idaho with this wife and two children and enjoys reading, watching and discussing movies, playing guitar, hiking and traveling. You can find Jake's courses at here at Kepler Education.
73 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Dr. Chris Schlect on the History and Meaning of the Liberal Arts
This is Episode 32 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma sits down with Dr. Chris Schlect to discuss the Liberal Arts, its history in classical thought, what the liberal arts are, and what they are not. Dr. Schlect is the Senior Fellow of History at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches courses in ancient and medieval civilizations, US history, the history of American Christianity, medieval education, and Classical Rhetoric, among other subjects. Dr. Schlect is also the Director of New Saint Andrews College’s graduate program in Classical and Christian Studies. He has taught courses in US history and Ancient Rome at Washington State University and has authored, as well as contributed to, numerous books and articles, appearing in several classical Christian publications as well as the National Park Service’s “Getaway” series. Dr. Schlect is also a teaching elder at Trinity Reformed Church (CREC) in Moscow, Idaho. He and his wife, Brenda, have five children and five grandchildren.
17 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
New Podcasts Coming from the Consortium and Kepler Education
This is Episode 31 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, we announce the new lineup of podcasts for the upcoming year. The Consortium Podcast is where listeners can listen into engaging academic conversations with teachers, authors, and professors engaged in Classical Christian Education. The Everlasting Education podcast will continue in same vein as the earlier episodes of the Consortium podcast with Scott Postma and Joffre Swait taking a cue from Chesterton's view of "having a gentle contempt for education" and engaging the day-to-day questions and concerns that affect parents and educators who are engaged in the trenches of Classical Christian Education. The Eccentric Podcast is the podcast for students and eavesdropping parents of Kepler Education. Taking its name from our student magazine, The Kepler Eccentric, Joffre Swait (Kepler's Academic Advisor) will tackle student issues, feature Kepler students, and bring Kepler student life to the streaming airwaves. All three podcasts can be found wherever you listen to you podcasts
30 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
How to Have a Successful Academic Year
This is Episode 30 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. Classes at Kepler Education have begun and in this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait discuss some of the important ways students can have a successful academic year. Education is a student's vocation. It's a real calling for a specific time of a young person's life and there is much to be gained by a thankful and thoughtful student. Student listening in will gain some real valuable help and encouragement in this episode. Learn more about Online Classical Christian Education at https://kepler.education.
50 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Interview with Dr. Mitch Stokes on Calculus and Teaching Math Classically
This is Episode 29 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait interview Dr. Mitch Stokes to talk about his new Calculus textbook., Calculus for Everyone, and what it means to teach math classically. Mitch Stokes (Ph.D., Notre Dame) is a senior fellow of philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. In addition to studying philosophy under world-renowned philosopher Alvin Plantinga, Stokes holds degrees in philosophy, religion, & mechanical engineering. He is the author of Calculus for Everyone, books on apologetics, and biographies of Newton and Galileo. To learn more about classical education and browse courses, visit us at http://kepler.education.
25 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Social Life and Online Education
This is Episode 28 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait discuss the important (and sometimes annoying) question about how homeschool students are going to get any "socialization." Adding an additional dynamic to this question is the fact that many students are now taking online classes--like Kepler Students. But the question assumes that "socialization" is a good thing and that students who are not in traditional brick and mortar schools are going to miss out on an important aspect of life. In this episode, Scott and Joffre take on that false assumption and discuss productive and enriching ways of cultivating a social life in a homeschooling or online learning environment. Listen in to learn more and check out http://kepler.education to learn about Student Life and clubs at Kepler Education.
51 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Top Twenty Books
This is Episode 27 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait host a top-twenty countdown of Great Books that should make every student's reading list. Books are listed and discussed briefly according to historical time periods. While this list is far and away from being exhaustive, it will give listeners a solid picture of each period of time and set students on track for obtaining a liberal arts education. Learn more about acquiring a liberal arts education at https://kepler.education.
32 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Logic and Latin: Foundations for Classical Christian Education
This is Episode 26 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode, Scott Postma and Joffre Swait discuss the importance of Logic and Latin in Classical Christian Education. Stratford Caldecott asked the important question, “What kind of education would enable a child to progress in the rational understanding of the world without losing his poetic and artistic appreciation of it?” The short answer is only a truly liberal arts education can enable a child to gain a rational understanding of the world while still maintaining, and even enhancing, his poetic and artistic appreciation of it. Two of the foundational aspects of this kind of education are Logic, the clear-sighted arguments which separate the true from the false, and Latin, the language of antiquity and Christendom by which a student learning the language is able enter into the texts which shaped the western world while also cultivating his poetic and artistic appreciation of the world. Learn more about the Logic and Latin of liberal education by visiting https://Kepler.education.
40 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Teaching Science in Classical Christian Education with Will Boyd
This is Episode 25 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. In this episode we interview Will Boyd, scientist, teacher, and homeschool dad, and talk about the fundamentals of science and its marriage to the humanities in a liberal arts education. Will blogs at the Reformed Environmentalist and you can learn more about the science homeschooling resources he mentions in the podcast below: https://homeschoolscience.org https://undsci.berkeley.edu/interactive/#/intro/ https://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/howscienceworks_01
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
The Surprising Benefits of Online Education
This is Episode 24 of the Consortium Podcast, an academic audio blog of Kepler Education. At Kepler, online education is not just the Zoomification of the classroom. It's so much more than that! In this episode Scott and Joffre discuss the various ways in which families are talking about the surprising benefits of online education. As they share quotes from conversations with Kepler families, they dive into the dynamics of what parents are celebrating. They discuss the various ways in which, as well as the reasons why, the home and family lives of Kepler students are being impacted, why parents are more than just satisfied with their children's academic achievements (they are delighted by them), and how wonder and curiosity are being fostered in an online classroom, all while Kepler teachers maintain their commitment to liberalis, and scholé learning.
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