by Jeremiah Forshey
Jeremiah Forshey is a faculty member in the School of Rhetoric where he teaches literature and senior thesis.
When my youngest son James was three, he played games hosted on an educational website to help him learn the sounds that letters make.… Read more
At a recent LiveLink program I was asked, “What is the Purpose of the History Timeline? It’s endearing and amazing to see 5 year olds reciting the Timeline, but the magic of this learning tool doesn’t fully reveal itself until our students become our graduates. … Read more
“Show me what reverence looks like.” Lately I’ve been saying this at the beginning of each of my middle school chapels. The children aren’t being bad; they’re coming from gym, lunch or some other class. They’re jousting with their friends, being noisy, sometimes to the point of rowdiness. … Read more
At a recent LiveLink program I was asked, “How would you summarize the advantages of classical education compared to modern education models?” Glad you asked. First, we should make sure we understand what we mean by “advantages.” If by this we imply better college prospects, long-term earning power, or other kinds of goods, we are limiting our thinking. … Read more
In the fall, 2015, I submitted a master’s thesis to Hollins University entitled Education in Context of Student-Accessed, Digital and Applied Technology. I have since created a seminar based on this research which I have presented at accrediting agencies (SACS/CASI – AdvancED) and at the Society for Classical Learning. … Read more
I experience much discomfort at the oft-heard contention—by no means a new one—that tuition increases faster than inflation and faster than the growth of family incomes. A common conclusion from these paired facts—and they are facts—is that this cannot be sustainable.… Read more
This sign is pretty funny. It made the rounds on FaceBook, and while I probably wouldn’t post it at New Covenant, I sympathize with its message. First, let’s admit it: kids forget stuff. In grammar school parents pack their children’s backpacks and lunches carefully so if something is left out, it’s usually mom’s fault. … Read more
It’s become increasingly common for parents of students as young as fourth and fifth grades to provide phones for their children. While I have opinions about this matter for my family, I’m not advising you on when it’s appropriate for yours.… Read more
Do you need more control with your child when it comes to phones? Consider using a “Phone Contract” with your student. Here is an example that might help you have a conversation with that child who really wants a phone: Phone Contract
It’s predictable and it happens every year. Our friends at Independent School Management (ISM) have studied and documented it. February and March tend to be hard months for students, teachers, and parents alike.
The trend goes this way: In late August and September, spirits are high as students rejoin friends at school after a long summer.… Read more