As a classical educator, I often think: “Won’t it be great when these students grow up to educate their own children and I’m out of a job.” I look forward to the days in my students’ lives when they realize that what is commonly conceived of as education is not only somewhat odd, but evenContinue reading “A Fascinating Paradox”
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A Question of Telos
Q: What is school for? A: “Getting wisdom”– Christian classicists A: “Acquiring skills and data which can be leveraged to acquire success, wealth, happiness, and power” – Most modern conservatives
What is classical education?
St. Francis Classical Academy is an ecumenical Christian school, meaning that we enroll families from many denominations to participate in the work of classically educating their children. Our school is safe, our students laugh and are happy, we memorize the scriptures, and we sing and pray together. But, because we are a classical school, weContinue reading “What is classical education?”
Why Start a School?
The good school does not just offer what the student or the parent or the state desires, but it says something about what these three ought to desire. A school is fundamentally a normative, not a utilitarian, institution, governed by the wise, not by the many. It judges man as an end, not as aContinue reading “Why Start a School?”
Field Day Fridays
One of the beautiful things about the university model at St. Francis Classical Academy is the time and flexibility afforded to families and children to learn, explore, and create. Because classes are held Monday through Thursday, families have the opportunity on Fridays to continue book-studies at home or to wander off in pursuit of otherContinue reading “Field Day Fridays”