Month: December 2012

A Whale of a Distinction

Several years ago, a killer whale at the Orlando Marine Park drowned his trainer. Tilikum, the whale, made national headlines by dragging Dawn Brancheau, his young female caretaker, by her ponytail underwater to her death. And it wasn’t the first time. It was, in fact, Tilikum’s third such indiscretion, giving him a rather unattractive personality …

CLSA on Holy Trinity Classical Christian School

Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, located in beautiful Beaufort, SC, opened its doors this fall, offering a classical education for approximately 100 students, preschool through 5th grade. Though Founding Headmaster, Rev. Chad Lawrence, is an ordained Anglican minister, Holy Trinity is a “merely” (to borrow from C. S. Lewis) Christian school ministering across denominational lines. With the newly hired faculty …

Cothran’s Fork

If book sales and public attention are any measure, atheism is enjoying a noticeable renaissance in recent years. Best-selling books by famous atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris now frequently appear on the best-seller lists, and atheist voices are louder and more emboldened  than they have ever been.  One of the arguments leveled against …

The Nature of Science

My view of how science should be taught was shaped partly by a walk in the woods I took one time with my husband Jim shortly after we were married. As we walked along, Jim would point casually to a tree or some other plant and readily name it and tell me something about it. …

Preface to Simply Classical

Some parents and educators have the misconception that classical education is only for “smart kids.” It is not difficult to understand why someone might think this way. Latin at age 8? Herodotus by 14? With such standards, one might reason, surely classical education is only for born geniuses – the brightest and best of our …

The Lost Art of Teaching Latin

Because of the education meltdown in the 20th century, the art of teaching Latin, and nearly everything else, has essentially been lost. As we work to restore the content of the classical curriculum, we must also strive to resurrect the art of teaching it.  Latin, as it has been taught in the second half of …