Tocqueville and Classical Education

Anyone familiar with Alexis de Tocqueville knows that he praise and concerns for America are still a worthy guide today and for our future. Brian Smith offers a short example of Tocqueville's insights on education. Year after year, education policy experts produce reports and proposals that assume we need some form of national education … Continue reading Tocqueville and Classical Education

Whose School Is It?

Ozark Catholic Academy's motto: Docilitas, Veritas, Libertas, Sanctificate fits well with Jacques Maritain's understanding of freedom gained from education. In his book Education at the Crossroads, Maritain argues that education “has its own essence and its own aims.” Education is for “the inner liberation of the human person.” It is essentially humanistic and therefore resists … Continue reading Whose School Is It?

Theological Foundation of Catholic Education

Schall reflects on Tracey Rowland's assessment of Catholics in the world.  Rowland's observation that, "It is a common experience, not just in Scotland (which has state aid for Catholic schools), Australia, or the United States, that someone can attend years of ostensibly Catholic schooling yet end up knowing little of what it is all about and … Continue reading Theological Foundation of Catholic Education

The Goal of Classical Education is Truth

What is the purpose of Education? For parents and teachers, I like to ask what is the purpose of the education that occurs here, at your school? It could be asked of an elementary school, middle school, high school and college. What if the Admissions Director or the Head of School answered such a question … Continue reading The Goal of Classical Education is Truth

Friendship among Faculty

Creating and sustaining a culture at a school, should be grounded in a purpose. Facts, test schools and information seem to be the drive of our secondary schools for the moment, perhaps after a few more decades it will be another focus. But what if the faculty that were at a school were friends? The … Continue reading Friendship among Faculty

Why We Need Mentors

Catholic Studies programs were not created for non-Catholics to study the Catholic Faith, but rather to deepen the knowledge and formation of Catholics to live in the world. After four years of college, young graduates are looking to enter the workplace and live on their own. All important first steps for young college graduates. But … Continue reading Why We Need Mentors

The Liberal Arts: Dawson’s Prerequisite for the Reconstruction of Christendom

The Liberal arts are defined from the Latin, as the "freeing arts."  Dr. Brad Birzer states in the essay below, "The liberal arts must also embrace and engage, at a fundamental level, the faculty of imagination. Only the latter would prevent the narrowing decay of an understanding of the world and the human person." Reading Rod … Continue reading The Liberal Arts: Dawson’s Prerequisite for the Reconstruction of Christendom

STEM may be about the Future but Liberal Arts are Timeless

Since 2016 there has been a constant drum beat among American politicians about the useless and complaints about expenses toward a liberal arts education.  Yet in the practical world of today's business, it appears that liberal arts majors are holding their own in over lifetime income, as well as holding leadership positions, and even being … Continue reading STEM may be about the Future but Liberal Arts are Timeless

Liberal Arts in the Data Age

Both of my grandfathers had one job, one career until retirement or death: one was a mechanic and the other worked for the railroad. My father had two careers, 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and 20 years serving in the Harris County Clerk's Office. Yet, today we hear that employees will not … Continue reading Liberal Arts in the Data Age

Growing Beyond a 15 year old Catholic School

In reading inspiring educators and school founders, it is important to note that each school's circumstances are different, unique...but it is when someone asks why a Catholic school? Most of these founders answers would be similar: ‘A Catholic school is the most valuable thing in the world’, as McDermott states in the article below. Since … Continue reading Growing Beyond a 15 year old Catholic School