Sponsored by The Society for Classical Learning and The Alcuin Fellowship
The ACCS pre-conference for administrators was excellent and freed me up to attend excellent seminars during the regular conference. The panel discussions were fabulous. In general, it is exciting and encouraging to see the growth of classical education and the increasing strength of our understanding of a liberal arts education.
I got a lot out of Jamie Smith's talks (at SCL) on heart learning vs. intellectualism and the liturgies of our learning. I think he is spot on when he says that our daily habits and practices train the loves of our hearts, which really shape character. This made me think about the daily routines and the ethos of our school, and efforts we have made (such as doing away with bells in the Upper School) to move away from a more progressive model and to try to cultivate interactions between teachers and students which are more humane. Jamie's commentary upon "The King's Speech" was an excellent application of his ideas.
I always enjoy Andrew Kern, and his seminar on Hamlet was provocative and challenging.
Ken Myers was also great. I got my best quote of the conference from him, when he cited Flannery O'Connor's line:
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." Classical Christian educators need to embrace this!
I attended the SCL conference and had a wonderful time. It was great to be with other classical educators who shared similar goals and struggles and be able to share ideas, thoughts, and fears with one another.
I enjoyed all the plenary speakers who gave very practical advise and thoughts especially Jamie Smith, Susan Wise Bauer, and Ken Myers.
Rehema, I look forward to hearing your thoughts about Ken Myer's plenary talk on music...
We went to the SCL conference this year. Susan Wise Bauer was definitely the highlight of the pre- and conference. Her talks were a wonderful reminder regarding reading and learning ideas she wrote in "The Well Trained Mind," and gave our staff much to think about and discuss. Steven Breedlove's Exhaustion Through Rigor talk was a great reminder of why we as teachers are so important in the classroom. We are models of excitement for our subjects and the joys that come with life long learning. John Mays added to that with his talk on Realizing Biblical Faithfulness In Science and Math ten goals for teachers including my favorite: Pursue and celebrate truth, goodness and beauty (every day).
It was definitely an energizing conference.