Virtuous Minds Intellectual Character Development

ISBN-10: 0830827145

ISBN-13: 9780830827145

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Authors: Philip E. Dow

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What does it mean to love God with all of ourminds?Our culture today is in a state of crisis where intellectual virtue is concerned. Dishonesty, cheating, arrogance, laziness, cowardice--such vices are rampant in society, even among the world’s most prominent leaders. We find ourselves in an ethical vacuum, as the daily headlines of our newspapers confirm again and again. Central to the problem is the state of education. We live in a technological world that has ever greater access to new information and yet no idea what to do with it all.In this wise and winsome book, Philip Dow presents a case for the recovery of intellectual character. He explores seven key virtues--courage, carefulness, tenacity, fair-mindedness, curiosity, honesty and humility--and discusses their many benefits. The recovery of virtue, Dow argues, is not about doing the right things, but about becoming the right kind of person. The formation of intellectual character produces a way of life that demonstrates love for both God and neighbor.Dow has written an eminently practical guide to a life of intellectual virtue designed especially for parents and educators. The book concludes with seven principles for a true education, a discussion guide for university and church groups, and nine appendices that provide examples from Dow’s experience as a teacher and administrator.Virtuous Mindsis a timely and thoughtful work for parents and pastors, teachers and students--anyone who thinks education is more about the quality of character than about the quantity of facts.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 5/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Philip E. Dow (M.Phil., Cambridge University) is superintendent of Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. Dow has over a decade of classroom experience, teaching advanced courses in social studies and history at the high school level. He is currently finishing work on his dissertation, "The Missionary Factor in U.S. Relations with East and Central Africa during the Cold War" for Cambridge University. Dow is the author of"School in the Clouds": The Rift Valley Academy Story.

The Seven Intellectual Virtues
Intellectual Courage
Intellectual Carefulness
Intellectual Tenacity
Intellectual Fair-mindedness
Intellectual Curiosity
Intellectual Honesty
Intellectual Humility
The Fruits of Intellectual Character
The Benefits of Knowing More About More
The Benefits of Better Thinking
Loving God
Loving Your Neighbor
Becoming People of Intellectual Character
Developing Virtuous Intellectual Character
Seven Suggestions for Educators and Parents
Conclusion: Thinking Sheepishly?
A Discussion Guide for University and Church Groups
The Graduate Profile for Rosslyn Academy, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 School Years
Intellectual Character Elementary Curriculum: Suggested Devotional Series for Grades One Through Three-Rosslyn Academy
Assessing Intellectual Character
The Berean Bursary
The Bear Creek School National Honor Society Intellectual Character Evaluation Form
The Bear Creek School Senior Project
Philosophy (the Love of Wisdom and Truth) and Logic (the Tools Needed to Find the Truth): Rosslyn Academy Course Outline
Introduction for the Intellectual Virtues Academy, Long Beach, California: Charter School Petition
Subject Index
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