Lucretius Imitation Poem: The Nature of Things

Last year in Great Conversation 4 with Dr. Vierra, we were studying Lucretius’ poem "On The Nature of Things."  After we read and discussed it, we were assigned to write an 80 line poem in the style of Lucretius.  We had to write about a problem with which our world struggles, and compose in dactylic hexameter (a poetic rhythmic scheme). So for my topic, I chose to write about the love of money because we

Plato’s Cave Drawings

6 Mar 2018

Dr. Vierra asked his students in his Great Conversations 4 class to draw Plato's Cave based on the Allegory of the Cave in Plato's Republic.  See for yourself how assignments like these help bring learning to life! The WHA GC 4 teachers guide students in the fascinating analysis of classical literature and philosophy from a biblical worldview.

Gibbons v. Ogden

For my Foundations of US Government class, Mr. Donaldson asked us to create a presentation on a landmark Supreme Court case.  He assigned me the 1824 Gibbons vs. Ogden case.  I'd never even heard of this ruling before, but it was fascinating to learn what it was and how it impacts our lives today.  The case seemed insignificant in and of itself; two steamboat operators argued over who had the right to operate in some

It Wasn’t Really an Assignment . . .

Way back in TGC IV, we were studying a book (an epic, rather), which was quickly going to become one of my favourites: Homer's Iliad. The Iliad tells the story of the Greco-Persian War, starting with Paris (also known as Alexander) and Helen, a love story with which most people are familiar. It begins with the famous line: "Sing, Muses, of the wrath of Achilles," and the theme that opens the epic is part of

Heathens and Furies

Heathens and Furies (Read it aloud as fast as you can.)   Please, Clytemnestra, don't take his life! Does he really deserve to be killed by his wife? His daughter is dying, Kassandra is crying, Clytemnestra is holding a knife and she's lying, Kassandra is screaming, The children are dead, His family tree is spattered with red, The "gods," will they help her? Whom will they send? Orestes! A brother! A helper! A friend! The

WHA’s Next Warren Buffett?

26 Jan 2018

Kudos to Daniel Scrugham, who has recently launched his very own podcast, Early Investing: Secure Your Financial Future by Saving and Investing Money in Stocks and Cryptocurrencies From a Young Age. Check out his inaugural episode in which Daniel conducts Part 1 of his interview with David Kretzmann, an investment analyst for the Motley Fool. Like Daniel, David has invested in stocks since he was 12 years old. Learn how he started investing, chose his first stocks, made mistakes along


26 Jan 2018

Watercolor of Cloelia from Livy's Early History of Rome Competition entry from Mr. Etter's The Great Conversation 1+ 4