Teacher At Cutting Edge Of Tech Fad In Schools Explains Why He Tapped Out

AltSchool is a highly hyped $21,000 per year K-8 school in Silicon Valley. As a teacher there, Paul France has been profiled in some of the nation's leading outlets, including The New Yorker and Wired. You can see a brief overview of the school model in the 2015 CBS video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyV7zQbnX7E Yet after several … Continue reading Teacher At Cutting Edge Of Tech Fad In Schools Explains Why He Tapped Out

Why A Christian Education Is Built Upon The Ways We Worship

How we think about distinctively Christian education would not be primarily a matter of sorting out which Christian ideas to drop into eager and willing mind receptacles; rather, it would become a matter of thinking about how a Christian education shapes, us, forms us, molds us to be a certain kind of people whose hearts … Continue reading Why A Christian Education Is Built Upon The Ways We Worship

Why Everyone Should Learn At Least Two Languages (If Not More)

Most American students hardly learn even English well and any other languages almost never to fluency, but multiple language acquisition is common in the schools of nearly all other developed countries. This is one, but not the only or even the chief reason Redeemer students learn multiple languages, starting with Latin. A college dean recently … Continue reading Why Everyone Should Learn At Least Two Languages (If Not More)

Why Learning To Learn Requires Developing Habits Of Moral Virtue

One of the chief occupations for our headmaster, most especially as school begins, is to develop students' habits so they are actually capable of learning. Being able to meet and acquire new knowledge requires many virtues, and constant growth in them over time, to help children (like all people) grow in mental and moral maturity. … Continue reading Why Learning To Learn Requires Developing Habits Of Moral Virtue

What Is Christian, Classical Education?

Trying to explain classical education can be really difficult, because it's so different from what most people think of as school, even though some of its outside appearance is the same. We study math, languages, writing, and history. We have teachers and classrooms. So what makes classical education so distinct that it's worth choosing above … Continue reading What Is Christian, Classical Education?

How To Shop For Your Child’s School When Nobody Has Taught You How

I live in a good school district -- at least, they have good test scores -- so why should I bother researching and shopping around? "Issues Etc." radio host and pastor Todd Wilken asks Dr. Thomas Korcok to open an episode in their recent series on classical education. "One of the things Christians should be concerned about … Continue reading How To Shop For Your Child’s School When Nobody Has Taught You How

No, Facts Are Not Irrelevant Because We Can Google For Them

The radio and podcast "Issues, Etc." has been hosting a series about classical education with Dr. Thomas Korcok, who has theological and academic degrees from American, Canadian, Scottish, and Dutch universities. He is currently an associate professor at Concordia University in Chicago and director of the Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts. You … Continue reading No, Facts Are Not Irrelevant Because We Can Google For Them

11 Things We Heard At Our Spring Recitation Day

Last week Redeemer families and friends gathered for our spring semester recitation day. Ages three to adult recited the following selections, which we'll excerpt here. Just imagine if the whole world resounded with such stirring ideas and poetry! Imagine if you learned, at age seven, all 130 lines of "Paul Revere's Ride," by Henry Wadsworth … Continue reading 11 Things We Heard At Our Spring Recitation Day

Fascinating Research Finds How We Live Affects How We Think

The online journal Quartz recently published a fascinating article about metaphor, or humans' capacity for understanding and reacting to new things in comparison to things people have already experienced. You probably already know its first point: people's opinions of things change based on how those things are framed in language. For example: In a recent Stanford study, … Continue reading Fascinating Research Finds How We Live Affects How We Think

A Harvard Professor On Why Studying The Humanities Is Essential To A Good Life

"[T]he humanists inspired by Petrarch and later Erasmus and Thomas More saw themselves as helping to rebuild Christendom by returning it to its ancient roots. They believed the study of classical languages and literatures, neglected in the Middle Ages (a period concept they invented), could improve character and create a love for wisdom and true … Continue reading A Harvard Professor On Why Studying The Humanities Is Essential To A Good Life