DIY Parenting – Winter 2016
Nov11

DIY Parenting – Winter 2016

by Rachel Jankovic | Winter 2016 New traditions for a new family Traditions can be a complicated thing. As a young family starting out, trying to builda few of your own can feel a little shocking.   All those fun things you remember about Christmas don’t just happen! Someone has to plan it and do the work and clean up the mess afterwards. Someone has to pick out that Christmas dress and find the shoes and buy the tights—all in...

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Think Bigger
Nov11

Think Bigger

by David Goodwin | Winter 2016 Christian Education as a Conquering Force   That stitch in time that would save nine, for education, was missed a century ago. Christian culture is grasping at threads as it tries to remain relevant. But, there is hope that we can reweave a once great tapestry.   A PBS feature “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler” repeats the common but false claim: “Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, made its...

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Education and the Art of Pastries
Nov11

Education and the Art of Pastries

by CHRISTOPHER JOHN MAIOCCA | Winter 2016 A study in American innovation   One key evidence that our educational system may indeed be broken is the meteoric rise of innovation-based charter schools.   In 1996 there were approximately 500 of these schools spread over 16 states. Today, all but eight states have joined the movement, as nearly 7000 charters currently serve 2.2 million students, and even this falls far short of...

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Family Advent
Nov10

Family Advent

Making Christmas Real   Download the Family Advent Script   Advent Sundays 2016: November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18   Advent historically begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Honoring the season with an Advent wreath is one of the most meaningful traditions in our family. It’s also one of the simplest.   1. Place a small wreath on the table with four colored candles evenly spaced...

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Classical Schools – When Christianity is Silenced
Nov10

Classical Schools – When Christianity is Silenced

Top Picture: ©ACCS 2016 Winter 2016      What happens when Christianity is silenced? That airliner you flew on last month had 5000 gallons of explosive jet fuel in the wings. Before you got on it, you must have trusted that the aircraft was working as designed. In the same way, with the exceptional power of classical education comes exceptional danger. The DNA of classical education—what makes it tick, what makes it work—is the...

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Medieval
Nov10

Medieval

The medieval mind in the modern world More… Lionheart Tydings Trew (CD or Streaming) The Medieval Redemption of Christmas Mon Con – Two Days a...

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The Jungle Book Unearths Cultural Treasure
Nov10

The Jungle Book Unearths Cultural Treasure

Top Photo: “The Jungle Book,” 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Winter 2016 The rarest of cultural alignments occurred this past year   The same story, retold for and by three different generations, is the worldview equivalent of layers in an archeological dig. In three versions of The Jungle Book, we can see three distinct views of “the good life” that reflect the changing cultural scene in America.   Taken...

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Mon Con
Nov10

Mon Con

Winter 2016 TWO DAYS A MONK   The medieval mindset, largely lost and almost entirely dismissed by our worldview today, forms much of the foundation of classical education.   Each year, students at The Ambrose School experience medieval monasticism in a real way at the Monastic Conventiculum (MonCon). After studying monasticism, they spend from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning at school. But not ordinary school. Arriving...

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Set Apart – Winter 2016
Nov10

Set Apart – Winter 2016

Winter 2016 One morning I was walking down the hall at school and approached a couple of kindergartners waiting in line to use the restroom.   One little girl was sniffling sadly. I asked her what was wrong. “She hit me,” was the reply. I turned to the accused. “Did you?” The other kindergartner nodded, a defiant look on her face. I asked her why. She pointed to her classmate. “Because she told me I had to face forward and have a...

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The Medieval Redemption of Christmas
Nov10

The Medieval Redemption of Christmas

by Louis Markos | Winter 2016 I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know, Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow … Irving Berlin   Sitting in our living rooms this Christmas, surrounded by tinsel and wrapping paper and listening to “White Christmas” on Pandora, we might not feel any connection to the mystical and forgotten world of 1000 years ago. But...

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Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Joy
Nov10

Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Joy

  by Angie Brennan | Winter 2016 One morning I was walking down the hall at school and approached a couple of kindergartners waiting in line to use the restroom.   One little girl was sniffling sadly. I asked her what was wrong. “She hit me,” was the reply. I turned to the accused. “Did you?” The other kindergartner nodded, a defiant look on her face. I asked her why. She pointed to her classmate. “Because she told me I had...

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A School for Everyone
Nov10

A School for Everyone

Winter 2016 Four stories from the Philadelphia area Last year, the ACCS president saw log-cabin schools in Virginia, schools with hog traps in Texas, and schools that look more like college campuses. (In fact, one of them had taken over an ex-college campus.) He’s seen schools surrounded by high-rises and schools in church basements. He even saw one school with no building at all—operating in a church lobby until another facility...

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