(Pictured, from left, are Tori and Piper Jobe, Reagan Taylor, Ella Campbell and Jacob Goff)
Casey Shutt writes on how the classical Christian approach offers a fundamentally different vision of education that families fed up with a factory approach to learning find compelling:
“Dewey’s dictum on the importance of a practical education lives on. The elimination of cursive from many school curricula is rooted in the notion that cursive has lost its utility; after all, people now spend most of their lives typing. A pragmatic understanding of education finds it difficult to justify the place of cursive (or any type of handwriting) in a school curriculum, just as fast food restaurants don’t bother with hors d’oeuvres. However, broaden the scope of education, and cursive and handwriting become of critical importance. Andrew Kern of the Circe Institute roots the value of learning cursive within education’s historic and broader purpose of ‘cultivat[ing] the human-ness of the student.’ Kern continues, ‘Handwriting is a uniquely human ability. No other animal has ever been able to imitate it, much less come up with it.’ But modern education shrinks the students down to their potential instrumentality within the economy. Consequently, the fluid grace of cursive is easily replaced by the pragmatic peck of keys.”
And that is one reason, among others why we teach cursive handwriting at Regents Academy.
The Regents Academy Eagles soccer team won the 2018 state championship with a win over Concordia High School by a score of 2-1 in double overtime.
The team celebrated with a victory parade and pep rally at school when they got home.
Congratulations to coaches Rick Bertke and Jonathan Landrum, to all the parents and students who traveled to Round Rock to cheer the team on, and to all the Regents students and teachers who watched via live stream at school.
Way to go, Eagles!
The Regents Academy Senior Economics class attended the candidate forum between State Rep. Travis Clardy and challenger Alec Johnson at the Fredonia Hotel on October 4, 2018. The class is pictured above with Rep. Clardy and Senior Economics teacher Mr. David Alders.
The students also appeared in the article about the event in the Daily Sentinel.
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Is Old ‘Bad’ and New ‘Good’ or the Other Way Around?
- Worldview isn’t Enough
- Wimpy or Worn Out? Finding the balance between indulging or burning out our children
- A Fresh Perspective from Africa on this “Classical Christian School Thing”
- You Are What You Sing
- Wisdom from Alistair Begg on Raising the Next Generation
- Education is not Neutral Oatmeal
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Ancient Future Education isn’t something new. The approach has been around for centuries and today is often called classical Christian education. The greatest minds and servant leaders have been educated using this model. It is more than a curriculum…it is a way of life and the model to educate the next generation for the 21st century marketplace.
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Here is the message I shared with the students at Morning Assembly last week. I thought it would be good to share it with you parents as well.
Hello, students. We call you “students” because you’re enrolled at Regents Academy, which is a school, and if you have a school you have to have students, too.
But what is a student, anyway?
A student is someone whose job is to learn.
But here’s the problem. At our school, like most schools, we assign grades to your work. Excellent. Good. Satisfactory. Average. Poor. The whole reason we give grades to your work as a student is so that your parents can see how you’re doing: whether you’re learning what you’re supposed to be learning and making the progress you’re supposed to be making.
So, you are a student, and you learn. Along the way you get grades. But something quite subtle can go wrong, and it’s something that happens all the time.
Instead of being a student, someone whose job is to learn, your goal can get confused and tangled and undermined and become all about getting grades rather than being about learning. Are you at school to get grades? Is your job to make A’s or B’s? Is that the most important thing?
Making school all about getting a grade is really a way of missing the real purpose of school to start with.
Think about it:
Do you brush your teeth? Why? You brush your teeth to keep your teeth clean so you’ll have healthy teeth and a nice smile. But what if you hardly every brushed your teeth and then when you have a dentist appointment coming up, you brushed your teeth a few times before going to the see the dentist, just so the dentist will think you have clean teeth? Is that why you brush your teeth – to impress the dentist and keep him from thinking you’re gross? No! The purpose of brushing your teeth is to have healthy teeth! In the same way, if you study so that you can get a grade on a test, you’re not really being a student.
Or think about this. Why do your teachers teach? They teach in order to lead you to learn. But you know what? They also get a paycheck. What if they worked just to get money and did just enough to make sure that they get the paycheck at the end of the month? (Believe it or not, there ARE teachers like that out there!). If they did, they’d be missing the whole point of teaching, which is not to get a paycheck but to teach students.
This is what it’s like to go to school in order to get good grades! If you set your sites on getting good grades, you’re missing the point of being a student. Instead, set your sites on learning all that you can learn. Aim at cultivating curiosity and then trying to find knowledge. Do so because you love to know and you want to understand God’s world and know His will and His Word – then the good grades will come with it!
Listen to Proverbs 2:1-5, and pay special attention to the verbs:
My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
These verbs describe the work of a student whose goal is to learn. Be that wise student, students! Don’t be the foolish student just trying to get a grade and finish school. If you do you’re in danger of becoming an ignoramus. Seek for knowledge and search for wisdom! Be the wise student who loves to learn!