Middle School Literature & Philosophy (12-13)

Like every human being, at some level your child already wants to take on the big questions. What does it mean to be human, to organize ourselves in society, and to be in relationship with God? How should we understand justice, ethics and the good life? How did things get to be the way they are? What is the role of the past in understanding our present? What path will shape a better future? This kind of education equips your child to begin answering these questions for himself or herself in the context of a rich tradition. 

In this class we will read, discuss and write about original texts in philosophy, theology, political theory, history and literature, consistent with the age level of the particular class. The class is organized in a round table format with the teacher playing the role of conversation leader. Each is encouraged to actively participate in the discussion, sharing his or her own understanding of the text or topic being discussed.

Students will be trained in the arts of responsible conversation: the value of a good question, how to respond to one another’s ideas, and how to investigate a topic together.

A reading list is being undertaken in consultation with the priests of the parish and will be finalized soon; this coordination is part of a larger effort to ensure that the repertoire we read and discuss together helps produce intellectually curious and spiritually zealous young people, who, in the striving for truth, goodness, and beauty, seek to become Christ-like lights to the world.

Cost: $300

Dr. Kurt Kramer Teacher Bio:
 A Bit About My Family: My wife Marion and I got married in the Fall of 1999, and we have eight children: Theresia, Philip, Samuel, Thomas, Tobias, Odelia, Magdalena, and Johannes.  We live in the country outside of Glencoe, Minnesota, which is an hour and 15 minutes West of All Saints Parish.

A Bit About My Past: Over the years, I have worked in many fields; from delivering pizzas in high school to working on many different construction crews to earn my way though college. From working in pastoral ministry in rural North Dakota to teaching junior high at an inner city school in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I have even worked in professional corporate commercial property management.

A Bit About My Education: I completed my undergraduate work in Philosophy and English Literature at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio in 1993.

After completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, I continued to seek additional knowledge and world experience with graduate studies in Austria, Europe. In the process of completing my Master’s Degree in Moral Theology from The International Theological Institute, I met my wonderful wife-to-be Marion!

I continued the trek of education by pursuing a second Master’s degree in Medical Ethics at The International Academy for Philosophy in the Principality of Lichtenstein, situated high in the Alps.

In 2006, only by the Grace of God and my wife’s unwavering support and assistance, I set out to fulfill my life goal of becoming a Chiropractor.  First I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and then completed my Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2010 from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN.

I currently work as the primary physician in a privately owned health care clinic in Glencoe, Minnesota.