Earlier this week, I presented a brief definition and defense of a classical education . Next I would like to provide another review of why to provide a classical education to your children. Classical Education under Attack So many homeschoolers are bombarded for a variety of reasons—”How do you know you’re not ruining your children?” “What are your qualifications to teach?” “What about
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Over the course of the next several weeks, I intend to present several articles on the nature and value of what is known as a classical curriculum. This is generally defined as studying the acknowledged great works of Greek and Roman history and literature, usually in tandem and sequentially. This week, we will start with
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I just read a fantastic article from Paul T. Hill of The Brookings Institution. Dr. Hill is the founder of The Center on Reinventing Public Education. Although it was published in June of 2000, it provides an interesting look back at thinking on homeschooling, particularly regarding the effect on public education and society as a
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Fantastic article by Joseph Pearce about Catholic homeschooling programs and Newman Guide colleges, reprinted by permission of The Cardinal Newman Society . The original article can be found at  https://newmansociety.org/are-homeschools-serving-as-newman-guide-college-prep-schools/ . Copyright © 2018 The Cardinal Newman Society. Permission to reprint without modification to text, with attribution to author and to The Cardinal Newman Society, and (if published online) hyperlinked
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By Sonya McCormick I am writing this note, on behalf of my husband and our family, as a sign of gratitude to the Kolbe Academy staff for planning and executing a remarkable first-ever live commencement for the Class of 2018. When our family embarked on this school-at-home journey, anticipating a bona fide commencement was not
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A Hairy Situation In 9th grade I needed a haircut. I had been informed by my mother that the current “situation” atop my head was unacceptable and, unless I was planning on registering it as a national forest, I would need to get it trimmed. Unfortunately, the month was October, and I knew if I
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An Attitude of Gratitude Thank you Mr. Buyarski for that introduction. I am absolutely honored to be standing here today and speaking to you, the Class of 2018. I’m usually much better at winging things like this, essays, speeches…my entire high school career, so writing this in advance was somewhat of a struggle. Needless to
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  From the Kolbe Archives, by Willa Ryan From September 17, 2004 Literature, the Heart of the Curriculum Literature is key to a Catholic classical education. In Kolbe’s reading courses, in the grade school years, children are expected to read at least several books in addition to the main reading selections, and to write several
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Perseverance in Homeschooling, by Willa Ryan From 12/21/2004 Looking Back I have just finished writing a letter of reference for my oldest son, who is in his senior year and hopes to attend Thomas Aquinas College. After eleven years of homeschooling, almost ten of those with Kolbe Academy, I will soon have my first graduate.
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