Thank you, Mr. Lowery

When I ask a teacher why he or she became a teacher, the response often is, “I became a teacher because (fill in the blank with the name of an incredibly inspirational person) had a tremendous impact on my life.” This is true in my own case. It would be difficult for me to articulate the positive influence Miss Rupp had on my life. I attended public school at a time when the Bible was

Latin for Life

Gwynne’s Latin is a fairly new Latin textbook, written by British grammarian N. M. Gwynne. A little book with a cheerful yellow cover, it is small enough to fit inside my purse, which is a good thing since it is a real page-turner and I don’t like to leave home without it. I hope you do not think I am strange for reading a Latin textbook for fun – I am, after all, a Latin

A Whole Class on the War for Independence?

  Why would we spend an entire year on the War for Independence (or what many call the "American Revolution")? Wouldn't that simply be overkill? Good question. I suspect the line of thought implied in this question results from habit — a certain kind of academic habit in which we are used to thinking that the goal of a history (or, more commonly today, "social science") class is coverage. A very quick look at any

Harvard & Homeschooling

Harvard, Homeschooling, and Educational Autonomy Not long ago, I came across an article announcing that "there's a new path to Harvard and it's not in the classroom." Chris Weller's article spotlights not only the growing trend of homeschooling as an educational alternative in America — he cites a statistic showing that the population of homeschooled students grew by 61.8% between 2003-2012 — but also that leading colleges and universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

From the Head of School

Have you ever hit a deer? I have. And you cannot fully understand the meaning of the expression “deer in the headlights” until you have seen it up close and personal. The Urban Dictionary online (which HAS to be accurate, right?) says the expression refers to “A mental state of high arousal caused by anxiety, fear, panic, surprise and/or confusion . . . A person experiencing the ‘deer in headlights’ syndrome often shows behavioral signs

A Christmas Homily

The following is one of the earliest and one of the most famous Christmas sermons in Christian history. John Chrysostom - or John the "Golden Mouthed" - lived during the latter half of the fourth century A.D. and has been regarded by Christians ever since as one of the greatest preachers that Christ has given to his Church. In Chrysostom's sermon, we find nothing of the commercialism and bland "thankfulness for the holiday season" that

From the Head of School

  Following up on Dr. Vierra's Thanksgiving article, I must share my own favorite quote from William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation. “That with their miseries they opened a way to these new lands; and after these hardships, with what ease other men came to inhabit them, owing it to the calamities which these forerunners had suffered; so that they who followed seemed to go, as it were, to a bride feast, where all things are provided for

Entering Into Advent

As I write this we are approaching the second Sunday of Advent according to the church calendar. I have not always thought of the yearly cycle in these terms. I grew up in a secular household that relegated religion to holidays characterized mostly by Santa and the Easter Bunny. Even after responding consciously to God's call on my life as an adult, I continued for some time to order my life around the secular calendar.

Remembering the First Thanksgiving

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Earlier this semester in a Great Conversation 3 class, we discussed the common assumption that the Pilgrims founded America so that everyone could worship as they please. Something of this assumed religious pluralism seems even to color how many understand the first Thanksgiving. Natives and British settlers side by side, setting aside religious and cultural differences, simply to "be thankful." However, when we read William Bradford's journal, now known as Of Plymouth Plantation, we find

The Selfie and the Send

The Selfie and the Send:  The Two Rhetorics We Teach Caleb stands in front of his webcam wearing a crazy t-shirt depicting an orange moose climbing up the topside of a triangle (some kind of visual pun, which I could figure out if I remembered my geometry). Bright green headphones are clamped to his head and he is ready to begin his speech. Because he is comfortable in this setting, Caleb stands in the framed