Jesse Gentile

How to Make a Monster: Three Ways to Create a Definition

You think definitions are important. I just know it. Don’t believe me? Look at the knock-down-drag-out arguments in your life and you’ll discover your zeal for definitions. Why was your statement last month not technically a lie? Why is Gina a racist even though she claims not to be ? Why don’t you qualify as …

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What Do We Mean by Classical Education?

In 2022 I began working as an administrator at a classical school in Fullerton, CA. I’m currently undergoing a learning curve with classical education. For those unfamiliar with classical education, it is a movement that has been growing in the US since the 1970’s; its focus is often on liberal arts education (not political liberalism …

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Seeing All of Life Through the Narrative Arc of the Bible

I wrote this devotional up this afternoon for some friends at Assembly Care Ministries. You might not think of the following as a “devotional” because it is closer to a Biblical Theology. However, it is just this sort thinking that I find nourishing in a devotional way). I want to recommend a practice that I …

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The Familiar, the Comfortable, the Kitsch; the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

I bet that you and I do the following at times. We confuse the familiar, the self-beneficial, the surprising for the good, the true, and the beautiful (in no particular order)? We’d love to think we don’t but I suspect we all do. I suspect I do. Familiar, novel, nostalgic, surprising, self-beneficial – these words …

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Three Forms of Objectivity: Impersonal, Personal, & Interpersonal

There are three ways to look at objectivity; one impersonal the other personal, the third interpersonal. In this post I am thinking of objectivity especially in the context of disagreement or controversy. What do we want? What we want in talk of objectivity, is to get at reality; to get at the truth of the …

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A Philosophy of Education: Start Simple and Build From There.

So you need a philosophy of education? How do you craft a philosophy of education that is more that word soup, hastily typed out to complete an application? Lets face it, there are a confusing variety of philosophies of educational: essentialism, pragmatism, behaviorism, reconstructionism, existentialism, perennialism, and so on. While each of these has something …

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