A Blessing: The Questions We Regularly Ask Ourselves at a Classical School
It is my intention to bless all the readers of this blog by sharing a few questions from one of the best books ever written on Classical Christian education. David Hicks’s Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education remains at the top of the list of important, school forming books. I re-read this masterpiece every few years because it is that important for our school identity.
In one particularly rich chapter, Dr. Hicks asks over fifty questions and wonderfully articulates why these questions and our answers profoundly impacts what we do as a Christ-centered Classical school. Know that as we are seeking accreditation with The Association of Classical Christian Schools, many of these questions are on our minds. See below just a handful of these questions and I hope that you are blessed.
Priorities: What are the schools priorities? How does the school determine and assign priorities?
Organization: Is the school organized to reflect its priorities?
Community: How is the faculty and staff challenged to maintain spiritual and intellectual growth, to burn always with a gemlike flame, to urge students and colleagues with a curiosity of ideas and an enthusiasm for the life of the mind? What steps can be taken to give the school a friendly, serious, and purposeful learning environment?
Purposes: How do we always keep before the faculty the purposes of a whole education, which can become hidden in a forest of methodology and administrative apparatus?
Subject matter: What is the basis for curriculum changes? How often do we consider the nature and purpose of what our students are taught school-wide?
Leadership: Is our school a “leader school”? What is it that we do at our school that is unique for our students and faculty?
Ideals: What is our school’s ideal image of itself, of its teachers, and of its students? Is our school so organized and structured to move toward the achievement of these ideals?
Culture: What are the particular virtues of our school graduates? What has our school given our students to live for, or die with?
I trust that you are encouraged that the Board, administrative leadership, and staff at Veritas Christian Academy--a Classical Christian school is committed to be that Classical school bringing God glory and honor in all that we are and all that we do as a school. May the Lord bless us as we seek His ways.