Happy Thanksgiving!

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789 By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of

Writing and Rhetoric at WHA

WHA is fully committed to student mastery in writing. The following outlines and summarizes our approach to writing instruction, beginning in the 5th grade and ending in the 12th grade. Key points about our writing approach: Our primary focus is essay writing. To teach essay writing is to teach thinking. All students can learn to write essays with proficiency and eloquence. Writing instruction is most effective when provided in a process that emphasizes ability, not just

The Fullness of Time

As Martin Luther approached the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31st, 1517, he did not expect anything remarkable to occur.  Knowing something of what has transpired since that momentous event, I find this fact about Luther fascinating and worth some reflection. Not long before posted his "Ninety-five Theses," Luther had already written and posted a different set of theses (ninety-seven) to be debated in an academic setting.  There was nothing unusual

Thinking in Slow Motion: The WHA Approach to Writing

14 Oct 2017

Years ago when I first began teaching, my headmaster gave me some advice on teaching writing.  Quoting the poet and philosopher Walter Kaufmann, he told me that “Writing is thinking in slow motion.” In other words, learning how to write is not something separate from learning how to think. Writing is essential for learning how to think. My assigned course was quite similar to one of The Great Conversation classes we offer at WHA: a discussion-driven seminar

Why Every WHA Student Should Go to LINK

2 May 2017

LINK is the ultimate capstone of the school year, especially since it happens right after exams. You may be wondering, “What is LINK?” An end of school celebration, LINK 2017, takes place from May 31 to June 3 in New Braunfels, Texas, just outside of San Antonio. Students who go to LINK finally get to meet their friends and teachers in person; play games like basketball, shuffle-board, ping pong or horseshoes to name a few;

Songs that Sow Seeds?

Rejoice and be glad! Alan Dowd reminds us that, even today, we need not go far to hear the GOOD NEWS proclaimed in song seemingly everywhere. Life-giving theology filling minds and mouths in shopping centers and super markets all across the USA? Yes! Click HERE to read Dowd's "Repeat the Sounding Joy: Songs that Sow Seeds" to see if your favorite carol is on the list of the 18 most-recorded Christmas songs in