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Aporia

Aporia

By Danielle Dillenschneider and Tim Dernlan
Aporia is the Greek term for "impasse". We realize that classical Christian educators and administrators often find themselves at impasses in their classrooms and in their schools. At times, it seems as if there are questions around every corner. Your hosts, Danielle Dillenschneider and Tim Dernlan, will help you navigate the labyrinth of questions. Perhaps you'll see that experiencing aporia is necessary to find what is True, Good, and Beautiful. Join us as we discuss the great questions of classical Christian education. Check out our website to learn more: aporiathepodcast.com
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How do non-humanities classes contribute to formation?
We discuss ways that math and science classes contribute to formation. For further reading, we recommend the following works: Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su, The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain, and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning edited by David Smith and James K. A. Smith.
32:09
June 21, 2022
If education is about formation, then what does that mean for teachers?
We discuss the culture of the classroom as it is comprised of three elements: the students, the curriculum, and the teacher. The teacher should be intentional in many ways to form the students.
01:01:03
June 14, 2022
If education is about formation, then what does that mean for administrators?
We discuss the various aspects of administration that influence school cultures, such as admissions, schedules, budgets, co-curriculars, and homework. 
45:31
June 07, 2022
Why do we think the goal of education is information?
After delving into the recent history of education, we discuss the danger of information becoming the goal of education at the K - 12 level. 
32:42
May 31, 2022
What does it mean when people say the goal of education is formation?
We discuss the history of the concept of education being formation as it is seen in various sources: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and C. S. Lewis. As embodied souls, we must recognize that our actions shape our soul's desires. We delve into Plato's Republic, discussing Plato's vision of the just soul as it relates to Lewis's concept of "men without chests" seen in Abolition of Man. We connect these concepts to scripture by discussing the creation of man and Deuteronomy 6. Additionally, we discuss James K. A. Smith's work Desiring the Kingdom and how it sheds light on liturgies that shape us. We discuss how education leads us through cycles of discovery, wonder, worship, action, and wisdom. Ultimately, we consider the vital role education can play in forming students' loves in a way that results in their flourishing. 
29:46
May 24, 2022
Who are the hosts of Aporia?
In this episode, we share our experiences with classical Christian education. Both hosts have experienced a fair amount of aporia. Tim tells more about his background: how he got into classical Christian education, his experience in teaching and leading classical Christian schools, and those who helped him along the way. Danielle explains the beginnings of her teaching career, how she grew as a teacher, and the vision behind the podcast as a resource for teachers, administrators, and parents. 
35:38
May 17, 2022
Where do we see aporia in the classical tradition?
In this episode, we discuss Plato's dialogues "Euthyphro" and "Meno" to get a better picture of aporia. If you have not read these dialogues, do not fear: we give an overview of both dialogues and discuss some key passages. In these passages, we discuss the unpleasantness of experiencing aporia and Socrates as a gadfly. We consider Euthyphro's poor response to experiencing aporia due to his reluctance to admit his ignorance, and Meno's positive response to aporia by being willing to consider Socrates's questions with humility. There is the danger that aporia will lead to apathy, but as Socrates exhorts, "I think that we will be better men, braver and less idle, if we believe that one must search for the things that we do not know." Ultimately, we must remember that even though we may not have all of the answers, aporia should only spur us on to search for Truth.
36:17
May 10, 2022
What is aporia?
In our first episode, we define the term "aporia" - a Greek term for "impasse" or "puzzlement" - and discuss how "aporia" appears in the Bible. Our discussion of "aporia" leads us to a deeper consideration of the Christian life and our experiences with education.
22:07
May 03, 2022