The Greek philosopher Aristotle thought widely and deeply on many subjects. Some of his ideas have proven to be unworkable or simply wrong — his description of a trajectory of a thrown object, for example, works only in Roadrunner cartoons: in Newtonian physics, a thrown ball does not turn at a right angle and fall… Continue reading Causes

Time to Think

On average, my students today are considerably less patient than those of twenty years ago. They get twitchy if they are asked merely to think about something. They don’t know how. My sense is not that they are lazy: in fact, it’s perhaps just the opposite. Just thinking about something feels to them like idling,… Continue reading Time to Think


Orientation sessions on using the Scholars Online chat are scheduled for Monday, 25 August, 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific Wednesday, 27 August, 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific Friday, 29 August, 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific Policy orientation sessions have also been scheduled to allow parents and students to meet with Scholars Online administrators and teachers… Continue reading CHAT and POLICY ORIENTATION SESSIONS

Moodle Upgrade

The Scholars Online Moodle environment is being upgraded during the period between August 19-August 24 and may be unavailable for several hours at a time during this period. The Scholars Online home page, account management centers may also be offline briefly during system reboots to install security patches. We plan to be online and stable… Continue reading Moodle Upgrade

Reading and Christian Charity

[This was originally posted as part of the Scholars Online website, and it remains there among the “White Papers”, but I thought that putting it out on the blog would give it a little more exposure.] Over my years as a teacher, I have had parents and students challenge me on my choice of literature… Continue reading Reading and Christian Charity

Yet More About the Supreme Court’s PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion (Part 3)

Last time, we talked about whether the federal Anti-Injuction Act barred challenges to the PPACA. All nine justices were united in the view that it did not, which leads us to the question whether the “shared responsibility payment” (“SRP”) provision of the PPACA was within the power of Congress to enact. Here we do not… Continue reading Yet More About the Supreme Court’s PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion (Part 3)

Calculus classes with a live teacher?

There are many on-line resources for math students these days.  There are college/university level courses, such as those offered by MIT and Stanford.  There are  YouTube videos suitable for high school level study, such as Khan Academy and others.   There are also many downloadable textbooks and on-line learning aids.  A conscientious parent might ask, “What… Continue reading Calculus classes with a live teacher?

Further Reasoning Re the PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion

On the Supreme Court website, you can find the docket for this case (the title is National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius), which lists all the papers filed with the Court (this word is traditionally capitalized for the Supreme Court). It’s a long list. Oral argument is a dramatic high point, but it is… Continue reading Further Reasoning Re the PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion

Do you still have that old double-dactyl thing…?

Okay…now for something a mite silly. Of the various things I’ve published in one medium or another over the years, the one that people still e-mail me asking about is not actually anything serious — but this. It’s not widely available any more, so I thought I’d put it where those who want it can… Continue reading Do you still have that old double-dactyl thing…?