Where have all the Classic novels gone in our schools?

I had the strange experience, not so long ago, of making a trip to an Educational Supplies office, to purchase some text books.

Whilst there I happened to have a stroll around and thought it would be worthwhile perusing the High School section in the English department to see which novels were available.

The novels’ section has two ceiling to floor bookcases (think IKEA standard Billy bookcases) of novels for year 7-12. The books on display here generally Continue reading “Where have all the Classic novels gone in our schools?”

Catholic Trilogies to Challenge your Students

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As we approach the mid year, depending on which part of the world you reside, students and teachers will be taking a well earned rest.

Those in the northern hemisphere will be embarking upon Summer holidays, sometimes up to seven or eight weeks in length. Here in Australia students will be enjoying a Winter break usually between two and three weeks long.

It is an opportune time to remind students of some of the wonderful Catholic Continue reading “Catholic Trilogies to Challenge your Students”

The Young Man of Character: Part Three

Strengthen the Will

Do not underestimate the power of saying ‘I will.’ Using this phrase helps overcome human weakness of will. Man has free will but his will lacks strength. No one is born with a strong will, it has to be developed with a constant struggle. A man cannot suddenly declare ‘I am strong willed.’: He will have to work very hard at it, regardless.

The degree of strength of will corresponds precisely to the effort that has Continue reading “The Young Man of Character: Part Three”

Book Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

One of the most popular Dickens’ novels of all time is David Copperfield. Despite its word length, almost double that of Great Expectations, it somehow draws readers to it and keeps them reading chapter by chapter until the end.

There may be some profound psychological reasons for this, but for the average reader, it may come down to identifying David Copperfield as the underdog; an innocent and vulnerable youngster making his way to adulthood in a world out to exploit him. Continue reading “Book Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens”

Book Review: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. ”

Perhaps more popular than even Tolkien’s first classic The Hobbit, his magnus opus The Lord of the Rings, has been read by countless millions for several generations and is enjoyed by child and adult alike. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien”