Monthly Archive: June 2013

How to Conduct a Recitation and Why

Why Recite?  Forget matching, multiple choice, or fill-in the blanks. If you want a child to really know–truly own–a body of information, Recitation is the only way to go. Previously the sole method of testing, Recitation requires mastery of a subject like no other testing mechanism can. With nowhere to hide and no opportunity for …

CLSA on Gulf Pointe Academy

Gulf Pointe Academy (GPA) in Navarre, Florida was founded in the fall of 2011 by Dianne and Rob Hamer with an inaugural class of three kindergartners. As our application process for the 2013/2014 school year wraps up, we are preparing for approximately 50 students (with a wait-list) who will attend pre-K through 2nd grade with a staff of …

Is Learning Fun? (Part One)

At a recent education convention, I was struck by the mind-boggling array of educational materials available today. “Of the making of many books there is no end” as the Book of Proverbs says.  In today’s world of the internet and instant printing technology, this expression has a whole new meaning. Our ability to create textbooks, …

Me & Mr. Jones

Several years ago, a prominent homeschool personality, let’s call him “Mr. Jones” (The names have been changed to protect the mistaken), wrote a broadside in a popular magazine against classical education, leveling a number of charges against it. These arguments were representative of the criticisms you sometimes hear from those who have a misapprehension of …

In Defense of Classical Education

The nation is discontented with itself and with its education. It is probably too discontented. Self-criticism is a constant trait of the Anglo-Saxon, and his dark views of himself are always to be accepted with reserve. What is the cause of them? The classics are favorite scapegoats. And this view is the more odd, because it is …