Made to Learn Is NOT About…America!

Christian Education and Nationalism

“God, Family, and Country.” If you’re an American Christian, you’ve probably heard this formulation of priorities before. The obvious meaning is that God comes before everything, family before all others, and your country before other countries.

But does this slogan reflect biblical priorities, and how does it relate to education? Since Christian education flows out of biblical priorities, let’s start there and use the two great commandments as a litmus test: Love God and love your neighbor* (Lk. 10:27). (more…)

Made to Learn Is NOT About…Bashing Public Schools

Unschooling As an Alternative, Not a Universal Solution

Here begins a series of posts on what this blog/book is NOT about. In Christian theology, God is more often defined by what He is not than positive statements about who or what He is. For example, God does not change, is outside of time, is infinite, and is not made. While this blog is far easier to explain than the doctrine of God, I’ll start with some disclaimers before I make any claims.

The first disclaimer: I’m not here to rant about public schools. (Or private schools.) (more…)

How to Not Lose Friends on Social Media and Maybe Even Influence Them

Are you a Bernie supporter? Perhaps a vegan? How about an adamant pro-lifer? Anti-bad-cop activist? BLM? Pro-breastfeeding? Libertarian? Then anecdotal evidence (my newsfeed/timeline) tells me that you are more likely than others to post about how rational or moral your views are. Good for you. Or is it?

I strongly suspect that I get unfollowed quite a bit because my idea-to-kitten ratio is way too high. Should I change the ratio? Well I can’t bring myself to post about kittens (n.b. more baby pics coming in June), so I’ve had to be more intentional about not pissing people off with how I post about politics, economics, education, etc. (more…)

Control Procrastination with Mindfulness

Give Distraction a Name and a Face

I’ve seen lots of posts over the years about procrastination. Many have offered their takes on why we put off important to-dos until a later, inopportune time. It’s an impulsivity problem. It’s actually good for you (e.g. helps identify unnecessary tasks). Within limits, it even makes you more creative.

While all the above is helpful, the following TED talk by Tim Urban, a blogger at Wait But Why, gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of how his mind procrastinates. Not sure if he’s the first, but he personifies the competing impulses in his head and brings them to life through hilarious illustrations. (more…)

How I Begin Each Writing Session

A Special Prayer to Get Things Going

Know thyself. Know thine enemy. Know thine help.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The third and final book of Stephen Pressfield’s The War of Art* counters Resistance with Assistance, a transcendent reality/being that is the source of all creative endeavors. All things already exist as the Platonic ideal on another plane, and need to be called into this realm. (more…)

What Makes Work Worth It?

Find Your Telos and Do the Work

I posted a sign in my classroom that read: “Work is always a means, never an end.”

In economic terms, work is synonymous with labor, which is productive effort for some other end, like wages. On the other hand, leisure (or play) is consumptive, a pleasurable end in itself.

The second act of The War of Artby Stephen Pressfield deals with taking on the persona of a professional and getting to work. Now. Every day. No excuses. (more…)