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
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
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
At the annual faculty in-service at the beginning of the 2017 term, Headmaster Heaton addressed the faculty identifying several themes important to the long-term flourishing of our school and our families. This column is the third in a series of articles based on those lectures.… Read more
At the annual faculty in-service at the beginning of the 2017 term, Headmaster Heaton addressed the faculty identifying several themes important to the long-term flourishing of our school and our families. This column is the second in a series of articles based on those lectures.At the annual faculty in-service at the beginning of the 2017 term, Headmaster Heaton addressed the faculty identifying several themes important to the long-term flourishing of our school and our families.… Read more
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
I really dislike the term “prep school,” and I’ve intentionally shunned it for my entire career at New Covenant. It is true that we serve the college bound student, and we do it very well. If you like, you can check our college acceptances for 2017 here. … Read more
How words change! Here’s a good example. I have two definitions of education, both from Webster:
2017 – Education: The action of process of educating or of being educated.
BUT….back in the 19th century, when we knew less about most things, this is what the book said:
1828 – Education, n [Latin, educatio].… Read more
by Jay Lamagna (class of 2012)
Jay Lamagna graduated from New Covenant in 2012 after thirteen years of enrollment. He attended Virginia Military Institute where he double-majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his four years at VMI he was his Band Company Commander. … Read more
I have long believed that the uncritical adoption of technology in the classroom for its own sake was a bad idea. My hunches on the matter are counter intuitive, and so thoroughly counter cultural that I realized I had better do my homework on the issue. … Read more