1. Here, in an article from NRO, “It Takes A Pirate to Raise A Child,” Daniel Coupland writes on the power of good stories to nurture virtue: “These tales of fantasy and adventure are an inheritance that provides concrete images of goodness and evil — often in vivid blacks and whites — to the still receptive minds of the young. Over time, these images become patterns, and the patterns become habits, and the habits become our way of looking at reality.”
2. The quote in our subject line, “Because we are given more than we are,” is a response to the question “Why read?” that Stephen Smith gives in this lecture on literature:
He also makes an excellent argument for a “Less is More” approach to crafting a good curriculum (i.e. only assigning a few great books per year to allow for intensive close reading).
3. Finally, Christopher Perrin writes on the importance of habit and routine in education (as well as in marriage and in life!). His title, “Learning to Love What Must Be Done,” comes from Goethe: “Cease endlessly striving for what you would like to do and learn to love what must be done.”