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...
teaches English at Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and is the author of many books, including Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity (St. Benedict Press), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), and Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House).This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #54, Fall 2020 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo54/western-virtues