Monthly Archives: April 2011

Normal Education – Historically Speaking

When I was a new teacher, I dismissed America’s poor showing in international comparisons of schools performance.  We all knew those foreign exchange students were a couple of years ahead of us, but I figured, ‘We’re Americans and we’re doing … Continue reading

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Exceptional American Children from History

Exceptional American Children from History Long before achieving fame and fortune as inventors of the airplane, ten-year old Wilbur Wright, purchased a lathe and other woodworking tools and with the help of his six-year-old brother Orville built a fancy Queen Anne … Continue reading

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Andrew Pudewa on Multi-Age Classrooms

When a new Christian school is created it is usually low on students and therefore has its children in ‘combined classrooms’ with children from several different grades in the same room with the same teacher.  The adults involved are eagerly … Continue reading

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The Classical Model of Education

In 1947, Dorothy Sayers presented a speech at Oxford titled The Lost Tools of Learning, a speech lamenting the demise of education in England and presenting an earlier model of education; an education that had successfully educated free men and … Continue reading

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Educating a Child Made in the Image of God?

If we are just workers, then school should be all about preparing children to work.  If we are soulless, biological machines simply responding to stimuli, then school should train children to have the correct responses.  If we are just social … Continue reading

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Welcome to the One Room Schoolhouse – Mount Pleasant, SC

A One Room Schoolhouse?  Quaint, but isn’t that rather archaic, old-fashion and very impractical? How can one teacher possibly give lessons in all those subjects to all those children at all those different age levels?  They didn’t and herein lies … Continue reading

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