Author: Leah March

Lunch in the Devil’s Triangle

Winter 2017 Lunch in the Devil’s Triangle   Students rarely know what’s best, but they know how to get it. Rather than aircraft or ships, students occasionally disappear this time of year into the educational equivalent of the Devil’s Triangle. Headmasters are invited to lunch by a parent who says, “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 …” One parent came to me and said, “I don’t get it. I’ve put four kids through this...

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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: 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 three-month-old, looking out at...

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Century Watch: 1517

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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DIY Parenting: In Defense of a Little Fear

Winter 2017 In Defense of a Little Fear   Awhile back, a World magazine post * on divorce and its effects got us thinking. 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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Word-of-Mouth: Don’t keep it a secret!

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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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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“University” in Four Generations

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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Alumni Profile: Beauty Follows

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...

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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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Letters & Notes

Fall 2017 Greetings from The King’s College in NYC! It was an honor to be with you during the ACCS conference in Pittsburgh last week. Thank you for your warm welcome. I felt I was part of a community of leaders who are collectively doing something significant for the Kingdom of God. It was a pleasure meeting so many of you and I was encouraged by your support of what we are doing in NYC. Please know that The King’s College would love for you to visit if you are ever in New York. We are located in downtown...

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