John Ford's Stagecoach
When Bozo drives the bus," I used to say to my fellow homeschoolers, "don't expect it to stop at the Smithsonian." That was my way of assuring parents that their children would hardly be missing some height of culture and learning that students in school would attain. I could speak from my many years of teaching college freshmen, grading their work, and talking with them outside of class. If the rare young person in a thousand could read Shakespeare with ease, it was almost certain that he had not gone to school. And he would be better looking, too, without that telltale scar on the forehead, near the frontal lobe.
That was a long time ago, and I believe more than ever that Christian parents have a lot of...
is a Distinguished Professor at Thales College and the author of over thirty books and many articles in both scholarly and general interest journals. A senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Dr. Esolen is known for his elegant essays on the faith and for his clear social commentaries. In addition to Salvo, his articles appear regularly in Touchstone, Crisis, First Things, Inside the Vatican, Public Discourse, Magnificat, Chronicles and in his own online literary magazine, Word & Song.Get Salvo in your inbox! This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #54, Fall 2020 Copyright © 2023 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo54/western-virtues