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?

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

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

Why Catholic Education is Better Education

Professor Hanby has been part of reinventing a Catholic School, St. Jerome Academy, and  continues to pursue research and teaching at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. The heart of a Catholic school, is Christ, particularly, that he can truly be present in the tabernacle, not just through the … Continue reading Why Catholic Education is Better Education

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