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
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