Instead of helping us to deepen ourselves and take a mature and complex view of the past, history is increasingly employed as a simple bludgeon, which picks its targets mechanically—often based on little more than a popular cliché—and strikes.
Teachers from Hillsdale College's affiliated K-12 schools gather to discuss classical science instruction on the Hillsdale College campus. What's the difference between a great science lesson, and a great science lesson in a classical school? We are the principles behind the classical approach to teaching science? For the last several decades, the teaching of science… Continue reading Classical Science Instruction vs. the STEM Approach
We aren't music teachers. We are child teachers who teach music. One of the teachers I used to work with is a very reflective person, and once in a while she sends me a text message out of the blue with her thoughts about this and that. We’ve talked about her family’s road trips across… Continue reading How to Hire a Great Music Teacher
Seeing Northwest Ohio Classical Academy, Golden View Classical Academy, Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County, and Treasure Valley Classical Academy at work was encouraging. Schools across the country are bearing such heavy burdens this year, and with school leaders and teachers carrying the weight, students are learning and thriving and these schools are carrying out our mission day after day.
America’s founders rightly reminded us that the ultimate determinant of our success as a nation would be our ability to sustain a virtuous and well-educated citizenry. The dangerous state of American history education today is about to prove the founders right yet again. Restoring the true teaching of American history would give our young people and our nation a fighting chance to turn the tide, preserving their American inheritance for another generation.
The Class of 2020, at an outdoor graduation on the campus of Founders Classical Academy of Leander. All photos courtesy Nickell Photography. One of my favorite things about school is studying the character of a class. In some fundamental sense, all 4th graders are the same, and all 8th graders are the same, and all… Continue reading Dr. O’Toole’s Speech at Founders Classical Academy of Leander’s 4th Annual Commencement