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. http://www.libertylawsite.org/2018/02/28/tocqueville-and-the-promise-of-classical-education-brian-smith/ 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

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

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

The Great Books Movement: A Return to the Classics

  What are the Great Books? What is the Great Books Movement and why does it exist?  This is a good article to introduce those interested know what are the Great Books and the movement that began in the 20th century. http://www.angelicum.net/classical-homeschooling-magazine/first-issue/the-great-books-movement-a-return-to-the-classics/ THE GREAT BOOKS MOVEMENT A Return to the Classics by Patrick S. J. … Continue reading The Great Books Movement: A Return to the Classics

Education Must Look Beyond Standardized Tests

Changing attitudes toward education and increased willingness to learn are not always reflected on standardized tests...