Ian Andrews is a teacher and the marketing coordinator at CenterForLit. He has been reading and talking about good books his entire life. Homeschooled through 12th grade, he attended his parents’ alma mater, Hillsdale College, where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. He and his wife, Emily, live in Spokane, Washington, and work full-time for Adam and Missy Andrews at CenterForLit, teaching, writing, and developing the newest wave of teacher aids in literature.
“But What Good is an English Major?”- A Homeschool Graduate Reflects on the Benefits of a Literary Education
– 10:30 am – Friday –
K-12 homeschooler and Hillsdale College graduate Ian Andrews, son of Adam & Missy Andrews, shares experiences from a lifetime of reading and encourages anxious Moms with a thought-provoking question: Can great literature help my kids succeed in a scientific and technological world? Ian provides an inspiring summary of an all-time classic story and argues that the self-knowledge, humility, and wisdom that come from reading such stories are absolutely critical for success- and that you, as the Mom in the trenches, can lead them right to it. Literary education worked for Ian, and it can work for your students too.
3 Keys to Success in College
– Teen Track – 4:00 pm – Friday –
Ian Andrews, K-12 homeschooler and Hillsdale College graduate, reflects on his own literary education, offering three key principles for continued success in higher education, while recommending a book that every high school student should read before graduating.
Symbolism: Mastering Literature’s Most Powerful Device
– 9:00 am – Saturday –
No matter the author or genre, every work of literature is built in part on symbols. Identifying them, however, can be frustrating and difficult. Often it seems that an author’s symbols obscure his themes instead of making them clear. In a riveting presentation of one of the earliest English Poems, Ian Andrews explains this powerful device and shows how it can help you unlock the meaning of even the most difficult classics. All you need is the right series of simple questions.
Failure and Fatherhood- The Story of a Homeschool Family Feud (with Adam Andrews)
– 1:00 pm – Saturday –
Adam and Ian Andrews recount the difficulties of their shared scholastic journey. Sons and fathers alike will find something- and someone- to relate in the testimony of these two homeschool veterans. What do our children need most from their fathers? How can we be sure to give it to them? Most importantly how do we fix things when we do it wrong? Come hear about the hope that awaits for us all on the other side of failure. You will find balm for your wounds, peace for your mind, and rest for your soul- and all in a most unlikely place.