As principal of a “classical” Catholic school and a lifelong advocate for the liberal arts, I am excited by the growing classical school movement—which now has reached even many public charter schools. Catholic families are understandably attracted to charter schools’ free tuition and classical schools’ commitment to established curricula, teaching methods and virtue development. But
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This past Saturday, Kolbe Academy held its class of 2019 graduation ceremony at the Catholic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta. What could have turned out to be a frustrated event–due to heavy rain causing several of the participants, including two of the featured speakers, to be rerouted and delayed–ended up being a
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I finally had a reason to buy that phonics program that I just knew would work for her.  How could it not?  We started those lessons, day after long day.  But she still wasn’t learning how to read.  I turned back to my research and tried another program.  That one didn’t work either.  Time was
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Summer is upon us. I find that if my kids have a total break for too long everyone is at loose ends. We don’t technically school “year round,” but I definitely try to plan learning activities during those hot summer months.  It’s important, also, to remember to plan FUN ACTIVITIES for your kids. I’d like
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Standing at the finish line is a glorious place to be.  In this race, my competitors are none other than ignorance and time. Nearly forty years ago, I attended a Catholic parochial school that served as a testing ground for a now-very well known phonics program.  I was schooled in that phonics program from kindergarten
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My latest child is to be born today or tomorrow or the next day or the day after that or next week or two weeks from now. The proper time for this is not rooted–yet only appearing so after the fact–in some watchmaker’s chronology. To each individual, even those who have not been born, there
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Teeth

It’s a blessing to have a large family, to have memories of the older children rekindled when the younger ones pass through the same life transitions. I was reminded tonight of just how traumatic losing a tooth can be.  Have you ever thought about that?  I mean, REALLY thought about it?  You are starting to
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