|Morning lessons at TBG/The Hive|
I have mentioned that in 2010 on the way to L’Harmas in Canada, I had the privilege of sitting next to Ron Stroud, a Classics Professor at UC Berkeley. He noticed that I was reading Howard’s End is on the Landing (a delightful book about books) and we struck up a conversation. Well, I asked most of the questions when I found out what he had spent his life studying and I was particularly interested in his experience with Plutarch. He shared with me how he encountered Plutarch as a student and how that helped him choose his career path.
This past week, I sent him an email. One never knows if one will hear back from someone they met 7 years ago, especially if that person is, shall we say, elderly. To my delight, he responded and was happy to answer my question about Plutarch and the influence Plutarch had on his life. I shared this with my children (13,15, 17) and they all LOVED it. Actually, they said, “Awwwww! Mom, you have to share that!” And so I will.
|Explaining her diagram of an internal combustion engine (Physics)|
|Simple experiment with cyclic motion (Physics)|
|Written narrations regarding great speeches and Queen Elizabeth I (Great Speeches)|
|Annual Valentine exchange – I love that the high schoolers still like to do this!|
thank you for sharing this Nancy! It brought tears to my eyes, as I thought about him and his teacher, and even as I thought about the little bit of story that you wrote from Plutarch. I also thought about one of the other stories that you read one time at the LER from Plutarch, and cannot help being struck by the thought that, it's these kinds of stories (like Plutarch's) that inspire men and women to do what is right or courageous, or to keep going even when it's hard. That is so different than the kinds of twaddle where the girl thinks she is strong and can do anything, yet in the end needs prince charming to save her – and of course he is utterly enamored with her. I see such a difference because the first (Plutarch) is not focused on self, but on a greater cause, and determines to simply do what he can for it. But the second (twaddle) is focused on self, and thinks highly of self, yet in the end realizes self can't do it all, but at least someone else things she is the greatest thing ever. Does this make sense? The first is more selfless, the second is more selfish. I hope my student enjoys Plutarch when we start it! – Charissa
Excellent analysis, Charissa! I think you are exactly right.
Mrs. Claudia Evans says
This fills me with hope for the high school years, Nancy! Thank you!
My pleasure, Claudia. I love talking about Plutarch as I learn so much, too!
I'm so glad that your children encouraged you to share this. It just made my day! My daughter loves Latin and has slowly warmed to Plutarch as well. Now that we do it together with her brother, it seems to generate more lively discussion.
Yes, the more minds involved in the Plutarch discussion, the better it seems. And he does rather grow on you, doesn't he?
Happy Valentine's Day!
Amy Marie says
I also remember you talking about the man on the plane! 🙂 Very neat letter! I appreciate this peek into TBC/BH…it's always encouraging and inspiring. Bless you. Happy Valentines. <3
Thank you, Amy. And Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!
That is phenomenal, Nancy. How incredibly cool. I actually remember you talking about this episode – ie talking with this man on a plane ride! How can that be? Did you write about it? Talk about it in the immersion session I attended at CMI in 2014? Regardless, reading this triggered the memory. How lovely to have continued the conversation!
PS – I recognize the pretty girl in the first picture:). Hey there!
Happy Valentine's Day, Dawn! Yes, I did mention it in a post a while ago. Can you imagine understanding the internal combustion engine as a 15-year-old? So thankful for this large room and rich banquet!