Author: Leah March

Letters and Notes

Winter 2017 Letters and Notes: from friends, parents, and supporters While big sister Courtney is at Whitefield Academy, little brother Caleb (almost 2) finds a new use for The Classical Difference magazine: letter searching. In this picture he is looking for “N.” Phonograms here we come! —LYDIA WHITE, Parent, Whitefield Academy, Kansas City, MO Thanks to the talented and faithful work of our Music Director Christopher Adams, students present a beautiful Christmas choral concert each year. My girl enjoyed learning and singing the pieces throughout rehearsals and the actual performance. Not only does the concert bring much joy to...

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Students rarely know what’s best, but they know how to get it

Winter 2017 Lunch in the Devil’s Triangle. Rather than aircraft or ships, students occasionally disappear this time of year into the educational equivalent of the Devil’s Triangle. Every year as a headmaster, some parent would invite me to lunch, “I’m not sure this school is the right fit for Caleb. It’s a great school, but now that he’s in eighth grade, I think we need to look at our options …” Once, a parent came to me and said, “I don’t get it. I’ve put four kids through this school and the high school is the best part. Why...

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A Professor, A Priest, and a Parent Walk into a School …

Winter 2017 … and they all find something on which to agree. Classical Christian education has come a long way. It traveled thousands of years to reach us where we are today, and it’s spreading. Here are three takes on classical education from perspectives you might not normally hear.   Parent | Professor | Priest   PARENT: Jackie Jamison Our Experience With Progressive Education The culmination of my son’s first grade year involved waving a large pink cardboard fish onstage while he sang about ten little fishies at our local public school. I was at the back of the auditorium bouncing our...

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The Evolution of Christmas: 500 Christmases Since Wittenberg

Winter 2017 This Year in History: 1517   Christmas (Almost) Cancelled: 500 Christmases Since Wittenberg Who knew, that fateful day of 1517, how far the reaches of a monk’s protest, nailed to the door at Wittenberg, would go? You might be surprised to learn that one of the most notable effects of the Reformation on Christmas was the attempt to stop it. During the 1600s, as the dust settled on the Reformation, European Puritans eagerly eliminated all remaining traces of Catholicism, including holidays formerly celebrated by the Catholic Church such as Christmas. The Puritans opposed Christmas on two fronts—principles...

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The right kind of fear is good for kids

Winter 2017 Awhile back, a World magazine post on divorce and its effects got us thinking. Quick Links: View the World article at https://world.wng.org/2016/05/sins_of_their_fathers_mothers As a former headmaster, I saw too many families in the process of breaking up. Sometimes the resulting emotional tug-of-wars between parents left teens with too much control, and in turn, often led to insecurities that last a lifetime. Why? Teens of divorce effectively step in as their own parents, which rarely turns out well. Intact families provide more emotional stability, but in our age of “friend-parent” relationships, parents often indulge their children and make...

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Tell another family about your school. They may thank you in 12 years.

Winter 2017   Last year, Highland Rim Academy’s survey revealed that an astonishing 97% of the families found the school by word-of-mouth.The following stories reveal what a chance meeting can mean in the life of a child.   ★ LIBERTY CLASSICAL ACADEMY, WHITE BEAR, MN “It happened when my daughter Sage transitioned into middle school. She was very shy and felt lost in her large class sizes. With 42 kids in each class, and several classes a day, many of her teachers never even learned her name. I felt so defeated and cried out to God for help. He...

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Be Brave, Boniface: A Christmas Story

by George Grant | Winter 2017 THE BROAD OAKEN TABLE in the hall of Wittenberg’s modest Black Abbey manse was crowded and clamorous as Master Luther’s students waited anxiously.   This was always a highlight of their week: part bluster and part sermon, part tale-telling and part theological disquisition—but it was a particular joy during Yuletide. Herr Doctor relished that “sweet Gospel season” from Advent to Epiphany, so his Thursday evening “Table Talks” were all the more animated and gleeful. After clearing the trenchers and helping to distribute Katie’s renowned schwarzbier, Hans, along with Herr Luther’s other children, squeezed...

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The Degeneration of the Modern University

by Scott Yenor | Winter 2017 Where has all the wisdom gone? Quick Links: To watch Dr. Scott Yenor’s Fox News interview, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHG4GJrJpfs If you are over 40 but not yet retired, you probably had a college education that was composed mostly in your major, with a small General Education requirement that you could choose from different areas. This is called a “distribution requirement.” This distribution requirement is itself a corruption of what college once was.     Previous to the distribution requirement, General Education made up around half your courses. Nine courses were mandatory, and they involved...

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From Soul-Shaping to Job Training: Mary-Kathryn’s Story

Winter 2017 A Path Well-Defined According to Mary Kathryn Davis, there is a direct link between her insatiable appetite for beauty and her education. It was the pursuit of God’s truth, goodness, and beauty that cultivated her interest in history and fine arts, developed her finely-tuned sense of aesthetics, and forged her unlikely path. As she followed Beauty, beauty followed her. Mary Kathryn was exposed to the truly beautiful at a young age by her local classical school, Westminster Academy, in Memphis, TN. Here she was taught to love the truth, and became familiar with an objective standard and...

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Traditional Church Calendar 101

by Timothy Pauls | Winter 2017 Practicing Holidays Quick Links: Traditional Church Calendar (PDF) The year is full of holidays. From December through May, the holidays we celebrate are largely sacred in origin. The biggest, of course, are Christmas and Easter, but there are many more. The holidays from June through November are largely secular. Oddly, the sacred-secular divide is alive and well in the American holiday calendar.   These holidays are gathered into six- month time frames for a reason. Historically, Christians have followed a schedule of Scripture readings for worship that divides the year in two, the...

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