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1-11-11 Supreme Court Decision on Religious Decrimination
SCOTUSBlog reports that the Supreme Court has issued its opinion in
Hosanna Tabor v EEOC, unanimously reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Sixth Circuit on the question whether the First Amendment precludes
employment discrimination suits against religious entities by those in
So religious schools that designate certain teachers "ministerial" cannot
be sued for discrimination by those of other (or no) faith.
12-16-11 Grove City College Offers New Minors in Classical Studies and Classical Christian Education
Grove City College now offers two new minors--one in Classical Studies and one in Classical Christian Education--which requires students to complete a two-credit internship at a classical Christian school. The CC Education minor fulfills all the requirements for the Classical Studies minor but ads the internship requirement. Each minor requires 21 credit hours of study involving courses from multiple departments and includes study in Greek, Latin, ancient and medieval history, rhetoric, classical literature (in translation) biblical studies, art, philosophy and classic political thought. A new course/seminar on Classical and Christian education is also part of the minor course offerings. To learn more see these links: Blog on GCC Minors; GCC Webpage
11-30-11 The Wilberforce School in Princeton Featured in the Trenton Times
A very nice article on the Wilberforce School (Princeton, NJ) appeared in the Trenton Times on 11-29-11, with a gallery of 10 photos (online edition). Howe Whitman is the head of school at Wilberforce, which features a classical curriculum with a Charlotte Mason influence. Wilberforce is housed in a beautiful stone facility that was formerly a seminary. Click the links below to read the article and view the photos.
Online Article Link: The Wilberforce School Article from the Trenton Times
11-8-11 The NAIS Senses Something is Wrong with Education--But What to Do?
Peter Baur of Westminster Academy (TN) comments on this article published by the National Association of Independent Schools: "This article asks the correct questions and comes up with the wrong answers. For those of you not familiar, Independent School Magazine is the quarterly rag for National Association of Independent Schools which is THE predominant association for most all independent schools in the United States – VERY PC. My dream would be that some day we have some of our best and brightest conducting a workshop at their national conference on the resurgence of classical education. Increasingly, articles in this magazine seem to point more and more to the need to “recover what has been lost” in education… they just don’t know how to do it. " The title of the article is "The Revolution Starts Now: Why It is Time to Reclaim Education's Connection to Our Democracy." Click the link below to read the article.
11-8-11 A School in Silicon Valley That Uses No Computers
The New York Times reports on a school (a Waldorf school) that uses no computers whatsoever up through 8th grade. What's more, most of the parents at the school work for... national class technology firms. See the link below to read the article.
Link: NYT, Technology Can Wait
11-7-11 Ken Myers Recovers from Major Heart Attack
Ken Myers, founder of Mars Hill Audio, recently suffered from a significant heart attack, but also apparently a miraculous recovery. Ken is a supporter of classical Christian education and recently spoke at the Geneva School of Orlando. Please pray for Ken's complete recovery.
11-1-11 Rush Limbaugh Critical of Classical Studies?
During his radio show on Nov. 11, Rush Limbaugh offered a criticism of a college graduate with a classical studies degree who complained she could not find a job. Limbaugh quipped, "Didn't someone at her school tell her it was a worthless degree?" He then offered some critical thoughts about taking such a major. Christopher Perrin has responded to Limbaugh's comments on his blog at Inside Classical Ed.
Bill Gates on Grading the Teachers
In this article from the Wall Street Journal, Bill Gates reflects on the need to determine just what makes for great teaching and how we should assess teachers. A very interesting read, especially for those of us who believe that good teaching can be understood and assessed. Published on 10/21/2011
Classical Science Educator John Mays
Latest newsletter from John Mays of Novare Science and Math: John writes excellent material on the teaching of math and science in classical schools. Click the link below to access is sharp newsletter:
New York Times Article Explores the Importance of....Character in Education
This article is a must-read for classical headmasters, published on Sept. 14, 2011. It is linked below.
Ashton Murphy Wins Top Honors as Latin Student
August, 2011: The Junior Classical League has awarded Ashton Murphy the top prize in its annual competition of Latin students--for the second year in a row. Ashton is a senior at Grace Classical Academy in Georgetown, Texas and has been taught by Latin teacher Karen more since she was elementary school student at Grace.