Cultivating Sensibilities: Reverence, Respect and Courtesy>>>

“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

Glad you Asked: What are the Advantages of a classical, Christian Education?>>>

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

January 12, 2017 – Education and Technology>>>

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

August 29, 2016 – Personal Responsibility

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

Feb 8, 2016 – Rigor, not Mortis: Supporting Students in the Hard Months >>>

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