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Why Are We Learning This?

Why Are We Learning This?

Membranous, scaled, leather-like, and horny. These are the four types of wings found in the insect world, and it is actually fascinating! This fact makes the following so shocking.

In the middle of my engaging lecture on different types of wings, a hand shoots up. As a teacher, we always hope and assume that students are completely riveted by our subject matter. It is with this assumption that I call on this Biology student.

Friends: Why Parents Need Them

Friends: Why Parents Need Them

When the first day at a new school comes around, the entirety of the focus is on the student. Be sure to have the right backpack and lunch box, know where your classroom is, and most of all, make new friends! It’s tempting for parents to cover up with sunglasses and drive through the carpool line (very slowly of course) without giving a second thought to the parents in the cars flanking us, but who’s reminding the parents that we need to make new friends too?

Smart Phones, Social Media, and Teens: A Solution

Smart Phones, Social Media, and Teens: A Solution

My family and I were in North Carolina recently at the beach. While I sat in my chair with eagle eyes on my four and six year olds who were “surfing,” I was distracted by a gaggle of six teenage girls walking past me. They were walking in the surf in three pairs. Each girl had her phone out and was taking a selfie. At one point, one pair stopped with the selfies and decided to take turns filming each other spinning, checked the video, spun again, checked the video, spun a third time, and then continued on with the walking and selfies.

Graduation 2019 Valedictorian Address Part 2

Graduation 2019 Valedictorian Address Part 2

Good evening. Looking back on these past thirteen years, I am overwhelmed with emotions: laughter, gratitude, embarrassment, some sadness, wistfulness, frustration, confidence, joy, and love. But I am also able to realize how many people have helped bring my classmates and me where we are today. My family is of course one of the greatest influences on my life, but their work might have been for nothing if it were not for my classmates, classical ideas, and teachers. Together, these people have heightened the merits of classical education, and in so doing, they have taught me numerous lessons. It seems to me that perhaps the most valuable things I have learned from them are how to constantly model Christ’s love, how to discuss, and how to actually think, and as I reflect on them today, I know that they are lessons that will not leave me for the rest of my life.

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