Author: Elise Goodwin

DIY Parenting – Start a Family Reading Party!

by Hannah Grieser | Spring 2017 FRESH FRIDAY-NIGHT FUN PIZZA, POPCORN, AND PAGE-TURNERS Reading as a family always sounds like a great idea. At least on paper. But in practice, many of us live as though reading is the kale salad of family activities—good for us, but a tough sell with kids (and some adults too). At the end of a long week of school and homework, how can a book possibly compete with movie night and the allure of a glowing blue screen?   If you announced to your kids that, instead of picking up the TV remote...

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Alumni Profile – Michael Fitts

by Michael Fitts | Spring 2017 A Strategic Education Classical learning on the front lines   My classical Christian education started in the 4th grade at Ad Fontes Academy. As a sophomore—which can appropriately be translated as a wise fool—I decided life would be better at my local public school. That was an eye-opener. I was back at AFA by the second semester of my junior year. Ten days after I graduated in June of 2012, I left for boot camp at Parris Island to live out my childhood dream.   Because I was classically educated, some people viewed...

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Alumni Profile – Jeffery Faulkner

by Jeffrey Faulkner | Spring 2017 Standing on the Wall with Spenser and Augustine The warrior-poet As I stood in the hallway of Regents School of Austin, I heard my teachers crying. I was starting my first week of high school when the headmaster gathered the upper school together to explain there had been a series of terrorist attacks in the United States—in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.   In the years that followed, I continued my education at Regents and then at Providence Classical School in Spring, TX. As world events unfolded, my high school teachers wrapped...

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Times and Seasons – Lent

by Jennifer Kau | Spring 2017 Finding Freedom in Lent Five years ago, a young, rag-tag family of six emerged from a mid-week service smelling strongly of scented oil and looking like they’d been to some kind of wild concert. Smudged, black crosses marked all their brows, right down to the toddler, whose cross at this point was a huge black smear across her round, cheerful face. They walked to the car, quiet, except for the occasional giggle at the strangeness of it all. So marked the start of our first Lent.   With children in pre–K, kinder, 1st,...

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Set Apart – Great and Small

Spring 2017 Deep Waters Ben and Emma Hopkins and Ethan Chaffee aren’t afraid of deep water or hard work. Last spring, the three high school rowers from Augustine Classical Academy, NY, entered the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA, the largest scholastic rowing regatta in the world. For a small school, surviving the heats to advance to the semis is a big accomplishment.   Last May, however, Ethan (11th) and Ben (10th) stunned the high school rowing field, beating 50 crews from all over the country to secure the Stotesbury Cup in the Junior Double. An hour later, Emma Hopkins...

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Welcome – From Trail Blazers to Cities

Spring 2017 Above: St. Stephen's Academy, OR The new era in classical Christian education For the first 20 years of the classical Christian renewal, growth was our hallmark. While the movement continues to grow, a new development has emerged in the past few years—we’re creating a completely independent parallel system in which parents can educate their children, Christianly. Like the gospel itself, Christian education sounds straightforward and deceptively simple at first. But, once you live it, you realize that everything must change.   Unlike the Christian schools of a few decades ago, classical Christian education depends on virtually nothing...

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Culture Grip – Man Does Not Live By Math Alone

by Eric Metaxas | Spring 2017 Education is more than STEM C. S. Lewis once said that education without values makes us into “more clever devils.” Here’s why that’s so. We’ve all seen the studies showing that students in America are falling behind in STEM subjects—STEM is shorthand for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—and many in education and government are freaking out.   The STEM Education Coalition warns that 60 percent of employers are having a hard time finding qualified workers, and that of 65 education systems worldwide, American students rank only 27th in math and 20th in science....

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