Western Virtues

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 professor at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery), and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius Press, 2019). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House). 

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #54, Fall 2020 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo54/western-virtues

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