Welcome – Back to the Glory Days
May26

Welcome – Back to the Glory Days

Summer 2017 Photo Above: Courtesy of Karen Moore and Susan Schwab Grace Academy, Georgetown, TX The education of worshipers WORLD Magazine’s Joel Belz published an editorial on Christian schools in the U.S., “Glory Days Behind Us” (September 03, 2016). Frequent supporters of classical Christian education, WORLD and ACCS President David Goodwin discussed charter, Christian, and classical schools, as well as education’s cultural force....

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Pink hair
Apr20

Pink hair

Much makes its way into the blogosphere without mention here at the Classical Difference.  But, the continued shock and awe of ‘normal’ Americans buying into the LGBTQ deception, in ways that are abusing children, has become a stark reality.  Toby Sumpter, Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, offers a desperately needed reality check to the insanity that is swirling in Christian communities today.  Classical Christian...

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Ripple Effect – Classic Learning Test (CLT)
Feb24

Ripple Effect – Classic Learning Test (CLT)

by Ruth Popp | Spring 2017 Ripple Effect A new college test, and why it’s important “Will this be on the test?” The answer to this critical question forms the landscape of American education—what will be studied, what will be committed to memory, and what will be left behind. Standardized college admissions tests exert enormous influence over the curricula and texts selected by educators from high school down to pre–K. If these...

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The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education
Jan09

The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education

Classical Christian education continues to expand into newer and larger roles in America.

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Nova Classical- The Full Story
Nov11

Nova Classical- The Full Story

In the current issue of The Classical Difference, we mention Nova Classical Charter in Minneapolis as an example of the problem of Charter classical schools.  This story from our friends at First Things was not available when The Difference went to press.  Reality is actually worse than we thought. https://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/12/transgender-conformity Less we feel complacent, with the belief that the outcome of the...

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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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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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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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Youtube censures the web?  Christian ed. just got harder.
Oct21

Youtube censures the web? Christian ed. just got harder.

We’re fans of Prager University, an online educational service that serves up some excellent views, 5 minutes at a time.  We often recommend their 5 minute pieces, including this one https://www.prageru.com/courses/history/why-modern-art-so-bad.  Now, we haven’t viewed all their content; they have countless videos on their site.  So, we can’t vouch for every one.  But the problem is that you may not get to judge for...

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Common Core’s Five-Way Power Play
Aug20

Common Core’s Five-Way Power Play

Common Core, AdvancED Accreditation, The College Board, Textbook Publishers, and the U.S. Department of Education

COMMON CORE CAME OUT WITH A BANG—over 40 states adopted it. What few realize is that the Common Core’s impact is not limited to educational standards. The real story is in the widening net the Common Core is casting.

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Beware the Future of Classical Charter Schools
Jun08

Beware the Future of Classical Charter Schools

Classical charter schools have been viewed as a conservative alternative to public schools that are more affordable than classical Christian schools.  Resisting our temptation to say many cliche things about ‘free’ and ‘we told you so’, we’ll get right to the point. A Kindergartener who claimed to be transgender has now forced, through a complaint with a regulatory agency, a classical charter school to...

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Breakpoint: STEM is Not Enough
Jun05

Breakpoint: STEM is Not Enough

“Make sure that students are being asked the big questions: What is true, beautiful, and good? You might want to consider a classical Christian school for your child if there’s one in your area.”

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Program computers, educate children
Jun01

Program computers, educate children

Our friends Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet do good work over at the Colson Center.  Classical Christian educators know that the human soul needs nourishing and nurturing toward virtue and Christ’s truth, not training like a computer.  This breakpoint makes the point well.  While teaching data, information, and skills to children in school may seem like it accomplishes something, in reality it dehumanizes them.  Classical...

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Classical Christian grad drawn to deep questions in sciences
Jun01

Classical Christian grad drawn to deep questions in sciences

The field of astrophysics seeks to understand how the universe began and has evolved, and whether other planets have the potential to sustain life. All important questions to consider, and ones that raise further questions about faith and the existence of a creator. Classical Christian grad drawn to deep questions in...

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Classical schools and homeschools dominate National Mock Trial
Jun01

Classical schools and homeschools dominate National Mock Trial

In May, the National Mock Trial Championships in Boise, Idaho crowned a new national champion– a group of homeschoolers from Iowa.  The competition draws schools from over 40 states and a number of US territories, as well as South Korea.  The location rotates between US states and takes the top team from each state.  This year, two classical Christian schools participated from Idaho, a privilege awarded to the host state when an...

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