In our fourth series, we will be reading through selected authors from The Great Tradition, edited by Richard M. Gamble, which is a collection of “classical readings on what it means to be an educated human being.” Each week we will discuss an original work from a classical author and discuss its implications for classical Christian education today.
In our first episode of this series, we discuss selections from Book 5, 6 and 7 of Plato’s Republic. We consider how the allegory of the cave connects to education. Additionally, we discuss the tripartite soul and other features of education for the polis that Plato outlines in the Republic.
What does authority have to do with leadership? As humans, we want leaders, but we often do not want authorities. As we learn to live in community in classical Christian schools, we often find ourselves in states of confusion over what authorities to trust and how to lead well. In this series, we hope to empower community leaders, parents, administrators, teachers, and students at classical Christian schools to steward authority well as they lead.
Classical Christian education interacts with the ideas of leadership and authority in ways unique to education. We partner with parents to be the authorities in their homes. We hope to … Continue reading Series 3 Preview: On Leading with Authority
In this episode, we define authority and its many manifestations within a classical Christian school setting. We consider auctoritas, authority’s connection to ethos, and authority’s connection to various types of … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 1 – What does it mean to be an “authority”?
Classical Christian schools need great leaders. In this episode, we consider the marks of a great leader as one who builds trust, shows compassion, provides stability, and creates hope for … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 2 – What is a leader? (And what if I am just not a leader?)
Spoiler: submission isn’t just for followers. We discuss how all authorities must submit to the ultimate authority, God. While submission might not always be easy, the authorities found within classical … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 3 – What is the role of submission?
In classical Christian schools, we see the relationship between parents and educators as a partnership. We discuss approaches for parents to consider to foster strong relationships with schools and how … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 4 – How do parents partner with schools to lead in their homes?
The boards of classical Christian schools operate differently than public school boards. In this episode, we unpack the nature of authority, leadership, and submission when serving on a board of … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 5 – How do boards lead at classical Christian schools?
In this episode, we focus on the structures of leadership and the ways that administrators can use their authority to lead and empower their staff. We also brainstorm alternative ways … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 6 – How should classical Christian administrators lead their faculty and staff?
We may not exactly consider teachers to be leaders – but they certainly are. We discuss teachers as “tour guides” and “coaches” who lead students academically and spiritually. We compare … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 7 – How do classical Christian teachers lead their students?
In this episode, a very special guest, Justin Dillenschneider (Danielle’s husband), shares about his work with house leaders within a classical Christian school. The ideas of authority, leadership, submission, and … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 8 – How do we help students become leaders?
Series 3: Episode 9 – How should we lead through crisis and difficulty at classical Christian schools?
In this episode, we apply the concepts of authority, leadership, and submission to the context of crisis and difficulty. In the midst of crisis, panic is too easily the first … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 9 – How should we lead through crisis and difficulty at classical Christian schools?
In our second series, we discuss the claim that classical Christian education is about formation. Such a goal is at odds with the modern, fragmented understanding of education aiming merely at conveying information. We hope that if this claim puzzles you, that you will follow our conversations to discover the fullness that comes when we see education as formation.
We discuss the history of the concept of education being formation as it is seen in various sources: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and C. S. Lewis. As embodied souls, we must … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 1 – What does it mean when people say the goal of education is formation?
After delving into the recent history of education, we discuss the danger of information becoming the goal of education at the K – 12 level.
We discuss the various aspects of administration that influence school cultures, such as admissions, schedules, budgets, co-curriculars, and homework.
Classical Christian education gives teachers the freedom to engage students with various pedagogical methods. As classical Christian teachers, we must learn to take ownership of our classrooms, to delve into … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 4 – If education is about formation, then what does that mean for teachers?
We discuss ways that math and science classes contribute to formation. For further reading, we recommend the following works: Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su, The Liberal Arts Tradition … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 5 – How do non-humanities classes contribute to formation?
We discuss the role the portrait of a graduate plays in helping us understand our goal of formation. We also discuss some of the potential difficulties with striving toward this … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 6 – How do we know if we are accomplishing our goal of formation?
Teachers and administrators impact the formation of students, so it is necessary to think about how even teachers and administrators are formed. We discuss the various aspects of teaching and … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 7 – How are classical Christian teachers and administrators being formed?
In this episode, we take time to respond to some questions our listeners have about education as formation. The questions we discuss are: How could a new classical Christian teacher … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 8 – Education as formation: Q & A
Some of you may be new here. Maybe classical Christian education is a foreign concept to you. There are many eloquent books, articles, and videos on this topic – so … Continue reading Classical Christian Education: An Infographic
In our first short series, we discuss the concept of “aporia” at length – how this word inspired the podcast, how it appears in both scripture and ancient philosophy, and how we have experienced “aporia”. This is a great place to start if you are new to the podcast.
In our first episode, we define the term “aporia” – a Greek term for “puzzlement” – and discuss how “aporia” appears in the Bible. Our discussion of “aporia” leads us … Continue reading Series 1: Episode 1 – What is aporia?
In this episode, we discuss Plato’s dialogues “Euthyphro” and “Meno” to get a better picture of aporia. If you have not read these dialogues, do not fear: we give an … Continue reading Series 1: Episode 2 – Where do we see aporia in the classical tradition?
In this episode, we share our experiences with classical Christian education. Both hosts have experienced a fair amount of aporia. Tim tells more about his background: how he got into … Continue reading Series 1: Episode 3 – Who are the hosts of Aporia?