The “Story-Shaped” School

By Christian Winters In the first century B.C., Caesar Augustus commissioned the Latin poet Vergil to write a national epic. Vergil’s poem, The Aeneid, served to form the national collective memory of the history of Rome. Aeneas, the hero of the poem, is an exemplar of the foremost Roman virtue: dutifulness. What did it mean to be a good Roman? To fulfill your duty, like Aeneas. Caesar Augustus’s hope for this national poem was fulfilled; Vergil and The Aeneid shaped the thoughts and imaginations of generations of Romans. The example of “pious Aeneas” was held up to be the premier …

Imago Dei

By Seth Drown, Upper School Dean If we hope to educate our students, it helps to understand who they are, and one of the most important things Scripture teaches us about ourselves as human beings is that we are made in the “image” of God (imago Dei in Latin). At our January faculty in-service meeting, we spent some time discussing what it means to think about our students as image-bearers with help from two recent articles in The Journal of the Society for Classical Learning (you can read them at this link). There Are No Ordinary Persons The first article …

Wide-Eyed Wonder

By Adam Lang, Upper School Science & Math Teacher I began our first class of the semester last week by asking a simple question: “What is this desk made of?” Several of the students, recalling that I had said we would soon begin a unit on matter, eagerly and smugly answered that the table was made of “atoms”, “molecules”, and “matter” (when all I was looking for was “wood”). After asking them what those things were, one student answered that it was what things were made of, and that’s all there was to it. I could see it in their eyes. …

Grace for the Classical Christian Classroom

By Lindsey Carson, Pre-K Teacher I can’t parent well without it, can’t teach effectively without it, and can’t live a truly Christian life without it. What is it? Grace. Grace is the truth that God the Father gave His perfect son, Jesus Christ for me even while I sinned against Him. “…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, ESV). Grace For All Of Us Two of the most challenging things in my life are the roles of mother and teacher. At the beginning of each of these …