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Brandy & Mystie talk for an hour about chapter 3 in Paideia.

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  • What does Homer have to do with classical education?

  • What are the most educative forms of poetic knowledge for our culture?

  • How have you used story in your homeschool?

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  • Great conversation! I looked up the book and requested it from my library, so I’m excited to begin reading. It looks like you’re on the third chapter here – did you do podcast discussions of the first two chapters? (Sorry if you’ve posted those elsewhere and I totally missed them!)

    I love how you were thinking about the difference between whitewashing history vs upholding the Ideal Type for students to contemplate and imitate. I’ve found myself struggling with that in the past, not sure whether it was better to give all the facts, and present multiple sides to historical events, or if it was ok to just let the heroic one-sided picture take precedence. Though, I suppose that’s not exactly the same thing as upholding the Ideal Type, is it? I’d love your thoughts on whether there’s a difference there.

    I’m reminded strongly of the tradition of hagiography, where we get the stories of saints’ lives, with their heroic self-sacrifice, their martyrdom, and their self-emptying love. I’ve wondered in the past why we don’t have more factual accounts of their lives, but I think by elevating the stories to an almost mythical genre we are able to behold the Christ-likeness of the saints and to strive for the Ideal that we see them embody.

    I guess the other side of it though, is that we do need to keep in mind somehow the nitty-gritty, day to day grind, the intense effort, the continual conscious choosing of the Good, that makes that kind of achievement possible.

  • Okay, I hadn’t considered hagiography and the possibility that it falls more in line with Ideal Type than Actual History (not that it isn’t factual — just that the purpose might be more in line with setting a Norm for greatness/virtue). So interesting!

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