Character Matters Now

Wow!   The last several weeks have driven home to me a singular truth.  Character matters.  And what is character?  Someone quipped, “Character is who you are when you are by yourself.” 

Watching the news recently has been painful as one after another public figure – men in positions of power – have been accused of seriously inappropriate and even criminal actions in regard to women.… Read more

Lady Gryphons Headed to VISAA State Tourney

On Wednesday, November 8, the second seeded Lady Gryphons (20-1) defeated the seventh seeded Srs headed to semi-finalsSouthampton Academy Raiders in the VISAA quarter final round in the Workman Field House on the campus of New Covenant Schools. The match went down in three straight sets, marking a school record – the Lady Gryphons did not lose a set at home the entire season.  Moreover, in 20 matches, they were undefeated for 57 out 60 sets.  No New Covenant team has come close to that run. 

The team will travel on Thursday, Nov 9 to Suffolk to face local rival third seed, Timberlake Christian Schools of Lynchburg on Friday morning at 10 a.m.  At their meeting in the regular season the Grpyhons defeated the Tornadoes, but the girls aren’t taking anything for granted.  An early departure and plenty of rest will be needed for steady nerves and on-point hitting.  

A spirit bus with students will follow on Saturday morning if the team makes the final round.… Read more

I Didn’t Learn How to Learn…

How many times have you heard someone say, perhaps even yourself, “I didn’t learn how to learn until I got to college!”? I distinctly remember my own experience as a college junior when “the lights came on,” and I realized that learning was a process that consisted of patterns and routines, disciplines and techniques – in addition to the actual content of what I was studying.… Read more

Where do the Grads Go?

Current and prospective parents often ask what our students do after graduation from the School of Rhetoric. They’re really asking a couple of questions, “Where do they go to college?” and “What careers do they pursue?” My standard response is, “Anywhere and anything they wish!” I have long believed that a classical, Christian education prepares a student for the next step in life across a broad horizon of interests.… Read more

A Coherent Curriculum

One of the most important questions we could ask of any curriculum is this: “Does the curriculum cohere?” To put it a different way, we’re asking if the curriculum progresses in developmentally appropriate ways, if the curriculum moves at an appropriate pace, if its methods are consistent with the content explored, and if it addresses core knowledge.… Read more

Prayer and Noise

Americans are noisy people. At least the rest of the world thinks we are.  There is some research to support this, suggesting that Americans are loud because we occupy a larger personal space, due to the fact that our country is large and mostly uncrowded.… Read more

From Consumer to Community

Any civilization that forgets the wisdom of history and fails to honor it will suffer two evils:  apathy toward the future and, eventually, revolution.  Revolution is a complete break with the past.  Apathy doesn’t care.   It is the empty nothingness that fills the hollowed out void of the soul of a culture.  It welcomes the rock-throwing, car-burning, foul-mouthed storm troopers of the coming revolution – with a shrug. 

I grew up at the tail end of the Baby-boomer generation, through the horrible 60’s, the Cold War and Vietnam.  During the 80’s I came of age reading Francis Shaeffer and other cultural observers who shot warning flares high into the twilight sky as our society in the words of Robert Bork, was increasingly “slouching toward Gomorrah.” Their signals and predictions were disturbingly accurate, and much of what they predicted has now happened.… Read more