Classical Education: Renewing Christian Civilization

By |2018-12-12T16:24:28-05:00June 10th, 2017|

The number of those attracted by the renewal of classical education is growing, as parents confronting the spiritual wasteland of contemporary education flock to schools producing faithful, intelligent, joyful students devoted to the true, the good, and the beautiful, and energized to proclaim them to Church and world… At a dinner celebrating Catholic classical [...]

Teaching Virtue: The Dot and the Line

By |2018-12-12T16:24:29-05:00November 16th, 2015|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Andrew Seeley as he examines how The Dot and the Line can help teach us virtue as a concept key in  Christian education. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) In the cultural wasteland of the ’70s, where peace and love had degenerated [...]

The Education of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings

By |2018-12-12T16:24:30-05:00August 29th, 2014|

As they approach the end of their long journey, Frodo and his companions are disturbed by rumors that the their beloved Shire is not well. They are even more disturbed when Gandalf tells them: “I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained [...]

Rethinking the Foundations of Education: Stratford Caldecott

By |2019-02-26T10:50:00-05:00June 18th, 2013|Tags: |

Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education by Stratford Caldecott. Stratford Caldecott’s Beauty in the Word is like no book in the genre of classical education that I have read to date. It is personal, reflective, profound, spiritual, psychological, learned, practical. I have hopes that it will fill a great need in my work [...]

Natalie Wood and Purity at Midnight Mass

By |2018-12-12T16:24:33-05:00December 24th, 2012|

Last Christmas Eve, my family, like many American families, watched Miracle on 34th Street. I don’t think I had ever seen the original; most of our kids had not seen any version. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I was impressed with Natalie Wood’s performance—a 7 year old actress playing a 7 year old very well. [...]

Literary Imagination

By |2018-12-12T16:24:34-05:00December 17th, 2012|Tags: |

William Lee Miller’s complementary books, Lincoln’s Virtues and The President: The Duty of a Statesman, are a rare combination of historical investigation and moral reflection presented in comfortable prose filled with real world insight. The Publisher’s Review excerpt from the Amazon site is right on: Margaret Whalen Turner’s Attolia series makes a great gift for those who know nothing [...]

Cave Dwellers?

By |2018-12-12T16:24:34-05:00October 5th, 2012|

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3) The [...]

‘Tis the Season for Commencements

By |2018-12-12T16:24:36-05:00June 1st, 2011|

‘Tis the season for commencements: collegiate, high school, elementary school, even kindergarten. Some are silly, some cute, some respectful, some tedious, some beautiful. On Saturday, I was blessed to attend one which, more than anything, was deeply joyful. The school was St. Augustine’s Academy in Ventura, California, which combined high school graduation with eighth [...]

Presenting the Beautiful: The Joyful Duty of Catholic Education

By |2018-12-12T16:24:36-05:00May 27th, 2011|

“Too late have I loved Thee, O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new!” St. Augustine was in his forties by the time he penned this personal lament. As readers of the Confessions know (and the Confessions has been a universal must-read for 1600 years), Augustine wasted himself for 30 years before he finally embraced the Lord in the greatest [...]

Lord of the Rings and Christian Education: Developing the Human Person

By |2018-12-12T16:24:37-05:00May 18th, 2011|

For classical educators, developing the human person is the primary goal, and the cultural treasures of the past are the principal means to that goal. Making the thoughts, words, stories, and beauty of Christian civilization a living part of students gives them standards and ideals that direct their maturation into adults who help shape [...]

Avatar: Encountering Non-Catholic Cultures

By |2018-12-12T16:24:37-05:00May 15th, 2011|

The box office records set by James Cameron’s movie, Avatar, tell me that I was not alone in finding the movie’s visual presentation breathtaking. The 3D screen immersed me in the beauty and variety and power of Cameron’s imagined nature and machine. Along with leading character, Jake Sully, I re-discovered the delight of walking [...]