Dear families, teachers, and friends,
The school year is starting, and for the first time in Founders Classical of Leander’s history, I’m not there. Instead I’m on the road with our curriculum and instruction team, meeting a group of teachers and school leaders who are about to do exactly what we did six years ago. They are just like we were: anxious and excited about the future, eager to meet the students, and working late into the evenings getting rosters, car line procedures, and those other last details ironed out.
I surprised our instructional team today by taking pictures of them while they were giving their presentations. I forgot that not everyone is used to me carrying a camera everywhere I go! Then, I started writing a blog post about why we study history and literature after hearing our instructional coaches Jordan Adams and Tomek Grzseiak speak on those subjects. Listening to them speak, my first instinct was to make sure as many parents and teachers as possible heard what they had to say, because it was practical, inspiring, and focused.
So, although I am in a new place, I have the same habits, and rather than end the blog I think I’m going to keep going with it. There will be posts on 7 reasons to study history, what makes history and social studies different, and how we tell the difference between good science instruction and scientism. I’ll be writing about STEM and showing you pictures and videos from inside our schools.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, the blog will give you a glimpse inside our network of American classical schools across the country. I hope that I can show parents and teachers that we are not the only ones working to recover classical education in this country, and along with Hillsdale’s other K-12 education initiatives, that I can give us all some opportunities to meet each other and to learn from each other.
Please join me for the journey. It’s going to be an adventure.
Dr. Kathleen O’Toole
Assistant Provost for K-12 Education