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Jul
24
2014

July 24, 2014 – New Covenant Students ‘High five’ the AP’s
by John Heaton

In May 2014, fifteen seniors took a total of 50 AP exams in Calculus, Environmental Science, English Language/Composition, English Literature/Composition, and/or Music Theory. Eight sophomores took the AP Latin exam. (No AP courses are open to juniors at New Covenant). AP scores are graded on a ...

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Jun
26
2014

June 26, 2014 – Preparing for the Workforce
by John Heaton

Reflections on Dr. Jeffrey Lacker's speech, Investing in People as an Economic Growth Strategy, at Lynchburg College's Business Breakfast. Dr. Lacker is the President of the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA. I went down to hear Jeffrey Lacker this morning at Lynchburg College. He’s the ...

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Jun
20
2014

June 19, 2014 – Twins Peak
by John Heaton

Okay, I've always wanted to use that pun in a blog title. My wife cracked that nobody under 30 would get it.  But maybe you remember David Lynch's incredibly twisted mystery series about Laura Palmer set somewhere in the Northwest near a place called Twin Peaks.  That was back in the 80's.  ...

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May
16
2014

May 16, 2014 – My Middle Schoolers
by John Heaton

Last night I attended my sixteenth spring concert.  Back in the day all of our students performed as one group.  Now the school has grown so much that grades 5-8 perform their own concert.  I know what you're thinking - lots of squeaks coming from the clarinet section, backed by horns that tend ...

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Mar
12
2014

March 12, 2014 – Believing and Behaving
by John Heaton

A book review of Josef Pieper. A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart .  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1991. 54 pages             It’s the most profitable 54 pages you could read in the next month.  I’m talking about Josef Pieper’s, A Brief Reader on the Virtues of ...

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Feb
10
2014

February 10, 2014 – What Was That You Said About Greek and Latin?
by John Heaton

One of the most common questions I get about the New Covenant curriculum involves the study of language. Parents intuitively appreciate the introduction of language to their kindergarten students, but I find that they are often unsure of the rationale behind it. There are many reasons to study ...

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Jan
13
2014

January 13, 2014 – How New Covenant Uses the CTP-4
by John Heaton

Over ten years ago New Covenant affiliated with the Educational Records Bureau to become an “ERB” school. This was an important step in making a bold statement that the school was committed to academic standards that had real integrity. The ERB is comprised largely of secular independent ...

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Oct
21
2013

October 21, 2013 – Reading, Memory and the Brain
by John Heaton

Headmaster John Heaton is currently doing research on applied technology in the classical school for a master’s thesis at Hollins University. The article above represents notes and asides from that project. It sounds peculiar to us, but Socrates was concerned about the proliferation of books. ...

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Oct
01
2013

Oct 2, 2013 – New Covenant is Old School, cont’d
by John Heaton

The real point of Joanne Lipman's recent WSJ article is that American educators (and parents) are too soft and way too concerned with how students feel.  She bluntly calls for strict discipline and real demands at school.  Citing K. Anders Ericsson's research, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in ...

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Oct
01
2013

Oct 1, 2013 – New Covenant is Old School
by John Heaton

I knew that if I waited long enough someone would start believing me.  For years I  have made wild claims about classical, Christian education.  At first people just averted their eyes and pretended not to notice.  That's getting harder and harder to do.   For over twenty years New Covenant ...

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