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Exchanging our Tools for Summer

Exchanging our Tools for Summer

~ by Phaedra Shaltanis ~ And now for the kiss of the wind, And the touch of the air's soft hands, With the rest from strife and the heat of life, With the freedom of lakes and lands. -Paul Laurence Dunbar, “In Summer” Here at last! We’ve planned and toiled, studied...

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Why I Study Latin

Why I Study Latin

~ by Amanda Reeves ~ A quick internet search for why students should study Latin offers many defenses of the language. Articles suggest that Latin students perform better on standardized exams, have a wider English vocabulary, and learn other languages more easily. I...

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The Habit of Liturgy

The Habit of Liturgy

~ by Emily Brigham ~ Before teaching for Scholé, I previously taught at another school, and one of my favorite traditions was the “morning circle.” My first grade class and I began our days circled around, going through a repertoire of poems, verses, and songs. This...

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Justify Your Answer

Justify Your Answer

~ by Alison Haley ~ Student: “Do I need to show my work?” I can still remember sitting in middle school algebra and hearing our much-loved teacher urge students over and over to show their work. In my mind, it was to prevent cheating and the copying of answers from...

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Making Christmas New—The Old-Fashioned Way

Making Christmas New—The Old-Fashioned Way

~ by Fr. Chris Marchand ~An underlying concern lies at the heart of how we go about our annual Christmas customs: how do we pass meaningful traditions down to our children? Indeed, in many ways children are the primary consideration behind nearly all our Christmas...

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From Slander to Sanctity

From Slander to Sanctity

~ by Phaedra Shaltanis ~ Our culture is suffering a grave injustice, and I’m distressed about the effects it’s having on us. For months we’ve been nearly smothered by conflicting reports on public health, political intentions, and social justice. Polite disagreement...

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Parallels of Writing and a Pursuit of Justice

Parallels of Writing and a Pursuit of Justice

~ by Amy Morgan ~ In his book The Four Cardinal Virtues, Joseph Pieper shares Plato’s definition of Justice as “the virtue which enables man to give to each one what is his due” (Pieper 44).  Pieper later paraphrases Thomas Aquinas’s explanation that justice assumes...

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Wonder and Piety as the Basis of a Liberal Arts Education

Wonder and Piety as the Basis of a Liberal Arts Education

~ by Lylah Molnar ~Yesterday my husband and I, who are both teachers, were pondering how much having a child changes our perspective on the way children learn.  Though we are both familiar with the latest research on how to motivate and teach students, there is...

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The Just Educator

The Just Educator

~ by Joanne Schinstock ~ In the well-known story of the Prodigal Son, a son asks for his inheritance and then rejects his father by leaving home to waste it all. He is impious, but in an act of justice, he receives what is owed him-- the slop with the pigs. Then he...

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Justice, Holiness and the Canterbury House of Studies

Justice, Holiness and the Canterbury House of Studies

~ by Rhea Bright ~Before ever there were books of philosophy or psychology or self-help, there was a man on the streets of ancient Athens asking questions about what we might call “the good life”. One of his followers, known to posterity simply as Plato, wrote the...

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Education as Soulcraft

Education as Soulcraft

~ by Joelle Hodge ~Classical education is about formation, about shaping the loves of our students, and ultimately giving them the tools to find their way to the Father. John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through...

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Welcome to the Great Hall @ Scholé Academy

Welcome to the Great Hall @ Scholé Academy

~ by Joelle Hodge and Jesse Hake ~Our Scholé Academy community (to include St. Raphael School and our new Canterbury House of Studies) has become a patchwork of individuals, stitched together by the common threads of classical education. It reflects what we see across...

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Inhabiting a language: Latin via the Direct Method

Inhabiting a language: Latin via the Direct Method

~ by Maria Overy ~A most famous English philologist by the name of J. R. R. Tolkien, wrote, spoke, and imagined with a language of his own invention. For Tolkien, the invention of a language was a prerequisite for the creation of a world: ‘The invention of languages...

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Prudence: A Virtue by Another Name Smells just as Sweet

Prudence: A Virtue by Another Name Smells just as Sweet

~ by Fr. Noah Bushelli ~Prudence was definitely not in my lexicon growing up without Christ in the public school system.  Though I did implicitly learn many virtues, those traditional words were eschewed by the progressives engineering the train-wreck that...

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