From the Founders: Why Start A New School - For My(Our) Kids
"Are you sure?"
"Good luck with that!"
"Why not just go to ______?"
Those are the most common phrases I hear from people who do not have school-age children when I tell them that I am starting a classical academy. Contrast those statements with the statements I hear from parents who have kids approaching school-age or have already started the early years of education:
"Are you serious?!"
"I've been struggling with where to send my kid."
When it comes to the formation of your child--like it or not that is what school is doing, forming your child, not just educating--is good enough, really good enough?
I don't say this to imply that there is something the first set of parents cannot understand. There is a special and particular anxiety when making the decision about where your kids will go to school. I didn't realize it until my oldest started pre-school. She was suddenly away from the home for hours multiple times a week, and she developed things that reflected her sphere of influence. That sphere had just grown beyond our home. Thankfully, her school did not have anything that made it dangerous or worrying, but when it comes to the formation of your child--like it or not that is what school is doing, forming your child, not just educating--is good enough, really good enough?
For preschool, my wife and I decided that it was. When she was there for a few hours, three times a week, and considering the child that she is, we had an appropriate solution. That calculus changed when I learned about classical education two years ago.
As excited as I was to learn this way, I proportionally grew angry and frustrated that I wasted twelve academic years in "good enough."
I will spare you the long, detailed timeline of education, but suffice it to say that our current style of education didn't take its shape until the early 1900s. Before that, classical education was known as...education. I learned about the tenets of classical education, what really makes it distinct, and it made sense. Principally, I saw a tension between the utilitarian view of education that saw the process of education as transactional: you do education to get ____. I couldn't see it when I was in K-12 public school, but when I began at private universities that used the model of classical education I saw immense value in things that were not pragmatically transactional. I saw how my philosophy studies (real philosophy geared towards truth, not sophist time-wasting) made me a better accountant by making me a better person! The things I learned in Logic, helped me think more clearly and that helped me in every pursuit. As excited as I was to learn this way, I proportionally grew angry and frustrated that I wasted twelve academic years in "good enough."
That sentiment has boiled over time and brought me to this day. All parents can sympathize that we want what is best for our children and to give them what we did not have. Classical education formed the world's greatest saints, thinkers, and citizens. I did not want to explain to my kids twelve years from now if they feel the same way I did in college that I did not give them that opportunity because I was too busy. I invite you to go to our website and see a small taste of what the classical difference is, and please subscribe for more information about why we have started this endeavor and what it can offer your family.