Week of 5/25/19

Have commencement speeches become tools to exclude ideas via censorship rather than to enlighten and inspire?

Commencement speeches all over the country are getting press for the ideas promoted, rallied, and implored by their speakers. We are eager to hear from our own Commencement speaker this year, Professor John Rose from Duke University.

This Harvard professor of great books has been disinvited from speaking at the Concordia College commencement. He has a theory as to why

The Theory Behind My Disinvitation

Week of 5/11/19:

How do we find leisure when work is our religion?

Summer is just around the corner. Warmer weather gives the impression of longer days and lighter schedules; but a new religion is encroaching on this romantic idea. For the poor and middle class work is still a necessity but for the college educated elite, work is becoming a religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver. How do we pursue truth, beauty and goodness in our rest as well as our work?

Workism is Making Americans Miserable

If work is only fulfilling when it is our passion...how do we choose our careers? Is finding your passion good advice or does it prevent a growth mindset?

Find your Passion is Terrible Advice

Many of us have wonderful summer camp memories we long for our children to also have. This summer develop new passions, pursue leisure, delight in rest, and worship what is truly worthy.

Click is the link below to find family retreats and student camps for your summer leisure.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Week of 5/4/19:

A Mother's Perspective...

Mother’s Day is next weekend. This time of year around the world we are all contemplating mothers; our own, present and passed, and the impressions of motherhood. Emotions of all kinds swirl around this time of year and controversial events surface, such as Focus on the Family’s Alive from New York. This week’s news sift shares perspectives and opinions from mothers on topics near to their hearts, because they impact their children. Consider This provides you with ideas to ponder, reflect, and consider...

A Message to Mayor Pete from Latina Mama “Don’t Force Your Sexual Ideology on Me and My Children”

, the movie, gave an inside perspective of a Planned Parenthood employee here Lila Rose, President of Live Action, shares her opinion of the RHA as legalizing infanticide

Week of 4/20/19:

Have our schools committed civilization suicide...how do we recover?

The goal of The Wilberforce News Sift is to provide you and your family with food for thought, fodder for dinner table conversation, possibly an opinion to think critically about. This week we send articles that reflect on why we teach the books we teach at Wilberforce, and why they are essential. Do our students know the culture, the civilization, the values they are inheriting, and what commitments this heritage calls them to? As we saw last week in The Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye lamented over and boasted in his “traditions”, do our students know theirs?

How a Generation Lost its Common Culture by Patrick Deneen
Recovering from Cultural Dementia by Anthony Esolen

Week of 4/5/19:

Do you want happy, healthy, successful kids, or do you want them to be mature?

What do most parents desire for their children is it to be happy, to look good, to be successful; or should it be maturity? If we are pursuing the equipping of mature young adults how do we get there as parents and educators? The recent college admissions scandal highlighted trends in parenting that are pervasive and detrimental. We have sifted the news and found two articles which reflect on these trends, and comment on how we as parents and educators can respond differently to help build mature young adults who will do hard things even when they do not want to.