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?

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

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

Toward a Distinctly Catholic School

This is the third document that I used in my vision presentation for creating a Catholic high school. Beginning a Catholic high school where there is not one, a questions that is asked in variety of forms of  why do we need a Catholic high school when all the education is the area that is … Continue reading Toward a Distinctly Catholic School

Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness

This is the second article that I included in the vision presentation for creating a Catholic high school.   https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/philosophy-of-education/knowledge-virtue-and-holiness.html Written by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone I.    Introduction In his first Encyclical, Lumen fidei ("The Light of Faith"), Pope Francis begins with the following words: The light of Faith: this is how the Church's tradition speaks … Continue reading Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness

Saving the Soul of Catholic Schools

  I ponder this article in light of starting a school and securing the fundamental pillars of what makes a school Catholic as well as schools that exist today and how these are the pillars from which they should be renewed. R. Jared Staudt's statement of what makes a Catholic school Catholic is to the … Continue reading Saving the Soul of Catholic Schools

Opening Salvo

     I had a site up for a few years while in the midst of teaching at Western Academy in Houston, concerning teaching.