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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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Sep
30
2013

Sept 30, 2013 – St. Francis, the Fool
by John Heaton

The Rev'd Davidson Morse St. Francis was a fool. I am not being critical or ugly toward a man that has been much loved for 700 years. In fact, it really wasn’t my idea in the first place. G.K. Chesterton called Francis Le Jongleur de Dieu: The juggler or acrobat of God. I’m sure you can ...

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Sep
26
2013

New Covenant named top school in Arts & Humanities>>>
by John Heaton

Virginia Living Magazine, a statewide publication, has recognized New Covenant Schools in its October 2013 issue. The special edition celebrates excellence and innovation in Virginia’s schools. Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2013 recognizes schools for excellence and ...

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Sep
23
2013

September 23, 2013 – The Timey Wimey and Other Rhymey Stuff of Poetry
by John Heaton

by Starlet L. Baker Long before Dr. Who’s interest in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, poets were already busy creating time machines that are still available today. You heard me right—time travel is most definitely a real possibility and takes place every time people engage ...

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Sep
03
2013

September 3, 2013 – What is belief?
by John Heaton

The following notes are extracts from the Headmaster's addresses to the faculty during Morning Matins at its  fall in-service, August, 2013. What is belief?  It’s another way of asking What is faith?  It’s a good place to start because the Christian WorldView begins with the Latin ...

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