Public School Leaders: We’ve Created A National Reading Crisis

"Research has documented what works to get kids to read, yet those evidence-based reading practices appear to be missing from most classrooms," write three public school administrators in a recent issue of Education Week, a prominent industry publication. "Systemic failures have left educators overwhelmingly unaware of the research on how kids learn to read," they … Continue reading Public School Leaders: We’ve Created A National Reading Crisis

If You Are A Christian, ‘Everything Will Change’ About Education

John Senior founded a world-renowned university humanities program at the University of Kansas that thrived in the 1970s. In his book, "The Restoration of Christian Culture," Senior writes the following: Not to have a college at all would mean an ignorance of many things, but to have a college in which the faculty and students … Continue reading If You Are A Christian, ‘Everything Will Change’ About Education

Erasmus: Memorization Is The Beginning Of A Creative Process

From "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," by Nicholas Carr. The Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus...who as a schoolboy had memorized great swathes of classical literature, including the complete works of the poet Horace and the playwright Terence, was not recommending memorization for memorization's sake or as a rote exercise for retaining … Continue reading Erasmus: Memorization Is The Beginning Of A Creative Process

Research: The More We Memorize, The Sharper Our Brains Become

From "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," by Nicholas Carr. When a person fails to consolidate a fact, an idea or an experience in long-term memory, he's not 'freeing up' space in his brain for other functions. In contrast to working memory, with its constrained capacity, long-term memory expands and contracts … Continue reading Research: The More We Memorize, The Sharper Our Brains Become

We Might Open A Full Classroom This Fall For 10- to 12-Year Olds

Enough families have expressed interest in enrolling their 10- to 12-year-old children in Redeemer Classical this fall that we are holding a meeting this Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. to discuss the possibility of a full class for that age range. The meeting is at the school and open to all interested parents. If … Continue reading We Might Open A Full Classroom This Fall For 10- to 12-Year Olds

Has Your Eight-Year-Old Learned To Write This Well? He Can

Redeemer's older students are learning the mechanics of writing paragraphs, reports, and essays. Here is a final draft of a report from one eight-year-old student. Here is a transcription of what the boy wrote: Dolphins and Humans In the wild and in captivity, dolphins interact with humans. Normally, dolphins are fun-loving because they enjoy playing. … Continue reading Has Your Eight-Year-Old Learned To Write This Well? He Can

Visiting Artist Shows How To Paint In Watercolors Outside

At a recent Friday nature study, Redeemer Classical hosted the president of the Fort Wayne Artist's Guild, John Kelty. He did a watercolors demonstration as he talked, showing the children how he paints outside (which artists call "plein air," meaning painting outside in outdoor daylight). Take a look at what happened in the pictures below. … Continue reading Visiting Artist Shows How To Paint In Watercolors Outside

Why Is It Important To Seriously Study History? To ‘Overcome The Inherent Weakness Of Individual Judgment’

One of the earliest political philosophers in the English tradition was John Selden. A recent journal article discussing his contribution to American law and culture points out how well he articulated the importance of studying history in great detail. Selden responds to the claims of universal reason by arguing for a position that can be … Continue reading Why Is It Important To Seriously Study History? To ‘Overcome The Inherent Weakness Of Individual Judgment’

6 Big Benefits To Starting Your Child In An Excellent Christian School

Christians prize children as precious souls made in God’s image whom God deemed worthy of sacrificing himself to redeem eternally. So a Christian school and culture aims to imitate Christ by taking great care for the all students, even the smallest. The youngest students are not merely biding time with make-work until their brains develop … Continue reading 6 Big Benefits To Starting Your Child In An Excellent Christian School

Podcast: How To Afford Private Tuition For Your Kids

Redeemer Classical's financial aid coach Tina Antrim joined our podcast recently to discuss how parents can get a handle on their finances, as more people are actually able to afford private school than think they can. In this episode, Antrim and host Joy Pullmann talk about how families can get their feet under themselves financially, … Continue reading Podcast: How To Afford Private Tuition For Your Kids