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Eleven-and-a-half Scriptorium distinctives so unusual you really might not find them at many other educational institutions
The title says it all…
Writing Workshop Handout
Writing is about thinking well – and that helps build virtue.
Mythology and Fantasy Workshop Handout
Mythology and fantasy are much more about truth than we often like to think.
Announcing a Credit-Granting Partnership!
Scriptorium Hallis pleased to announcea credit-granting partnership withBryan College! Please see the file below for further information:
Major announcement this Friday!
At the conclusion of our spring semester Defense Day this Friday evening, May 14, I’ll be announcing two wonderful new opportunities for Scriptorium Hall students! If you’re not planning to attend Defense Day but would like to learn about these opportunities, please check the Scriptorium Hall blog this Friday at 8:00 pm.
Why Read Myths? An Apologia
Few people today believe that past history and culture are important. This article is for people who do think the past is important and who are trying to provide their students with a truly good education, but who are concerned that reading classical pagan myths is at best a waste of time or at worstContinue reading “Why Read Myths? An Apologia”
The Nutcracker and The King of Kings
We seek things that are “true…lovely…worthy of praise” wherever they are because they reflect our true, lovely, and praiseworthy Lord who calls us to “think about these things”.
By the Students: What Everyone Should Know about Ancient, Medieval, and U.S. History and Literature (First Semester)
Every modern American should understand the Stargazer analogy from Plato’s Republic because it shows that things that may look useless and like a waste of time can be important.
“I Will Tell You Truths While I Can”: Jane Austen for the Unromantic
Austen’s three novels demonstrate the importance of upholding truth, even when family, friends, and whole towns are deceived or deceiving.
By the Students: What Everyone Should Know about Ancient Greece
The students’ list of key principles gleaned from their study of Homer, Herodotus, and Thucydides shows most clearly that, although we enjoy advantages the Greeks never imagined, we still have much in common with the ancient Greeks, and there is much we can learn from them.
Leonidas, Lenin, and Larry walk into a pub…
I am a Spartan. I am a free man. The Persians wanted to destroy Sparta and to take away freedom from all of the Greeks. They wanted to destroy what we are. They wanted to take away a large part of our very existence. To take Sparta from Leonidas and to take freedom from Leonidas leaves you with someone who is not fully Leonidas. To be fully myself, I must be a Spartan and a free man—not a Persian slave.
The College Quest
Your college dorm or classroom is the really expensive place to realize that you are unprepared.
We should incorporate beauty because it teaches us about its creator.
Lessons from the Dancing Horses
The Spanish Riding School exists because, for thousands of years, people have recognized the exquisite beauty of horse and rider in motion. The tradition continues because those who practice it love it, and their love leads them to train the next generation.
Optional Summer Reading
Below are optional recommended readings for each of the 2019-2020 courses:
Five Frequently Asked Questions
The robust humanities education provided by Scriptorium prepares well-rounded students who will be able to enrich their own lives—regardless of discipline—because of their familiarity with great ideas, great literature, and great art.
75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion – Resources
Resources that demonstrate the significance of that day:
Scriptorium Student Publishes Book
Sweaty rodents slog through a “rat race” and cunning cobras uncoil themselves “out of the box”…
Classical Education and Christian Worldview
Both classical education and a Christian worldview are based on the search for truth.
Homeschool Expo Workshop Handout
Is Eloquence the Goal?
God does not need us to be articulate before He can use us to change someone’s heart.
“This Story Shall the Good Man Teach His Son”: How Most Modern Education Fails Students and How I Respond
Limiting students’ encounter with World War I, or with any instance of suffering, to Owen’s poem and its philosophy that our view of suffering should be determined by its visible effects, gives students a false and soul-embittering view of human life.
What is classical education?
While most modern education focuses on quick solutions, practical or financially beneficial outcomes, moral relativity, and a denial of the existence and importance of the metaphysical, classical education does the opposite because it represents a wholly different view of the purpose, content, and method of good education.
Missing in Action: Why Classical Educators Must Teach Military History
We as classical educators must teach military history to see in sharper relief the causes for which we should act and the causes for which we should be prepared to die.
The Underground Hero: Five Reasons to Know Mihajlo Mihajlov
“Freedom…cannot become a means for anything.”
Why Students Cannot Be Allowed to Learn to Write Essays
Yes, you read that title correctly.
Compassion, Tolerance, and the Destruction of the Liberal Arts
Classical educators also need to arm themselves with a moral, compassionate case for the liberal arts – particularly as one of the primary arguments against the liberal arts is that they often discuss subjects which could (and in some cases should) grieve students.
Six Unconventional Questions for Choosing a College
It’s college-picking time of year again. Here are six unconventional things to consider before you embark on a journey to the ivory towers. Do you really need to go to college? You probably won’t hear this question much, because colleges all want you to pick them, because governments want to loan you money so theyContinue reading “Six Unconventional Questions for Choosing a College”
Executing Tradition: Cultural Death and the Manipulation of the Young
Increasingly, there are calls for educators to reject “adultism” in teaching their students. “Adultism” is essentially the idea that adults (parents, teachers, law enforcement officials, pastors, government leaders, etc.) have too much authority over children and young people. This must be done, anti-adultists (who are all adults themselves) say, because children lose self-esteem when theyContinue reading “Executing Tradition: Cultural Death and the Manipulation of the Young”