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 …

A Good Story

When I joined the faculty of Augustine School in 2006, I was completely on board with a school that affirms an education that helps shape and form wise and virtuous young men and women who are learning to submit all things to the universal lordship of Christ. However, I was an infant in my understanding of how to accomplish this. I knew that classical education engages children in stories. But during my first year of teaching, I was asked by a parent, “What guidelines do you use to decide what is a good story?” I knew that classical education engages children …