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Sep
15
2014

Science at New Covenant: the Liberal Arts Difference – Lance Collins
by John Heaton

by Lance Collins New Covenant offers a classical Christian education that is rooted in the liberal arts. But sometimes the term liberal arts appears to be a euphemism for a curriculum that avoids difficult subjects like the hard sciences in favor of the allegedly softer disciplines like ...

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Sep
08
2014

The Teacher as Text – John Heaton>>>
by John Heaton

by John Heaton, Headmaster Curriculum is near the heart of any school. Thus, it is critical that teaching professionals and administrators carefully select the best texts for inclusion in the classroom. When we consider a math or science book, or ponder which works of literature should be read, ...

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Sep
08
2014

Curriculum Review at New Covenant – Marion Patterson>>>
by Sarah Burton

by Marion Patterson New Covenant’s clearly articulated commitment to one particular mode of education sets it apart from other schools. It’s classical and it’s Christian. Yet, our textbooks and curricula aren’t always either. Like a parent who visited my office recently, you may think ...

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Sep
02
2014

Encouraging Faith – John Heaton>>>
by John Heaton

One of the most common questions I receive during tours is, "How does the school teach The Bible?" I love this question. At New Covenant we are forthright that your children will hear two things: The Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. So what does this look like ...

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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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