Our Headmaster On How Learning To Memorize Can Transform Your Life

At our spring recitation day, school Headmaster Nathaniel Pullmann gave his own recitation bookended by observations about the power of memory. You can watch or listen to the video of his 10-minute talk below. Apologies for the audio and video jostling. This was recorded by a mother listening with a baby on her lap. That's … Continue reading Our Headmaster On How Learning To Memorize Can Transform Your Life

Watch: Explosive PBS Report On How Phonics Prevents Learning-Disabled Diagnoses

Four out of five of the children labeled "learning disabled" are placed in that category due to dyslexia diagnosis. And learning-disability diagnoses have steadily increased in the past several decades, especially for non-physical disabilities. But, as a recent PBS report shows, most dyslexic children are not actually brain-impaired (although a minority are). What has handicapped … Continue reading Watch: Explosive PBS Report On How Phonics Prevents Learning-Disabled Diagnoses

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