Welcome Miss Malcolm!
We are excited to announce that Miss Kristin Malcolm, a junior at Hillsdale College studying Philosophy and Politics, is joining us at ILS this semester for a Classical Education Apprenticeship. Miss Malcolm is the second teacher apprentice ILS has hosted, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our community. In her first weeks at ILS, she has been enjoying the opportunity to observe in various classrooms, as well as participate in this week's National Lutheran Schools Week activites.
In her own words, Miss Malcolm shares her passion for classical education and her love of learning.
I desire to teach because I love to learn. Learning is my strongest passion; in fact, after a short time at Hillsdale College I realized my ideal career is to be a full-time student for the remainder of my life. During my freshman year I began to imagine this dream occupation: I would take as many classes as possible and read as many books as possible—soaking up knowledge would be my vocation. The goal for my career of studenthood would be the acquisition of absolute Truth. I believe the world, as created by God, is fundamentally intelligible and ordered; consequently, it is my goal as a student of Truth to learn all that I can about it. All forms of correct knowledge—whether scientific formulas, literary analysis, or historical narratives—lead the feeble minds of creatures back to the reality of their divine Creator. My utmost goal is to devote my life to the acquisition of this knowledge which corresponds with absolute Truth.
After initially recognizing that my strongest passion is to learn, I believed my lack of desire for a “real job” was a flaw of mine. After all, it is clearly impossible to sit in a classroom for the rest of my life: college education in today’s world is designed to prepare a person for an occupation. All possible occupations that were presented to me, however, seemed to pale in comparison with the desirable and delightful job of full-time learning. For a long time I held the belief that my desire solely to learn was a deficiency in my character.
Soon, however, I began to realize that there is indeed one thing that excites me more than learning Truth. And, in contrast to what I previously believed, my desire to learn is not only not a defect, but is in fact fuel and motivation for a certain career. The one thing I am more passionate about than learning Truth is teaching Truth. “To contemplate truth by [the] intellect and to communicate it out of love” (Gilson 32) is the role I aspire to play on this earth. What could consummate the beautiful act of acquiring knowledge better than passing it on to others?
I desire to learn Truth and to conform my life to it. It took some time, but I now realize that my strongest passion is to help others do the same. I want to teach truth in order to show others how to conform their lives to it: I want to educate students to be good human beings with rightly-ordered souls. I want to be in the business of imparting the body of correct knowledge on impressionable minds. And with the passing on of knowledge comes, most importantly, the formation of character. The good man is the end goal of education, and I desire to mold individuals into good human beings.
I have regrettably not left enough space to explain my desire to teach at a classical school in particular. Yet I will briefly add: I believe it is possible for Truth to be found at any school. However, I do not envy the teachers who must attempt to disclose Truth using a system other than the classical model. I believe classical education is the best system of education: the Trivium has the unique characteristic of utilizing the nature of children’s minds and hearts in order to enlighten those very minds and mold those very hearts. Classical teachers seek not simply to teach information, but to teach students how to learn. Indeed, as Dorothy Sayers says in her invaluable article about the art of learning: “the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.” The classical model of education aims to make its students lovers of learning, and this is the goal to which I wish to devote my time and energy.
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