What drew us to Redeemer was the level of ability of our two grandsons in contrast to what they were being offered in public school, even a highly rated one. The amount of lost time, wasted time, was huge.And, our daughters, sons-in-law, and we were immediately concerned that kindergartners do not need a full-day program.
So, after watching the development of the classical school model that Redeemer is using, and the Christ-centered, amazing, challenging curriculum, we were quick to support an older, better idea.
It took only a few days to see our boys move from boredom, asking if they had to go to school today,to excited to be up and ready each morning, ready to engage, ready to learn. What they have been given is love of learning, the ability to learn far more than their former school would allow or could imagine, and to grow as students, people, learners.
We were also drawn to the small class size–ideal for our guys, with two little gals still coming, one this year and one in two years.
One of the main things to which we respond is the old/ancient notion that there is a body of Truth and overall knowledge that students must master in order to be truly educated; that body of knowledge begins with the Bible, God’s eternal truth, and then the classics–great ideas from history, philosophy, art, music, science, and language, that serious students need to know, and that they need to know HOW TO engage, so that eventually they will be equipped to think and study on their own.
That process also includes the discipline of memorization. As an upper-level, gifted-and-talented English teacher at a very good high school, I watched my best and brightest struggle to memorize; therefore, I am daily grateful at the ease with which the grandsons grasp and “get” information, make connections,and memorize important information that adds to the body of truth and knowledge that will allow them to be high-functioning, serious-thinking contributors to the Body of Christ and our country’s society.