The Inspiration of the Muses

By Jason Barney, Academic Dean From time immemorial artists and musicians, poets and playwrights have claimed that their artistic productions came not from themselves or their genius, but from some power or divinity outside and beyond them. They were inspired and became the conduit for something beautiful to come into the world. But inspiration has fallen […]

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The Training of the Gymnasium

By Jason Barney, Academic Dean “What has the gymnasium to do with classical education?” we might ask ourselves. Academics have to do with the mind, we suppose, while PE and sports focus only on the body. Some classical education enthusiasts might even be inclined to disparage our society’s admittedly crazed emphasis on sports. And they would […]

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The “Way of the Will” and the Body of Christ

By Ashlyn Duff, Explorers II Teacher In 1 Corinthians 12 the apostle Paul uses a unique metaphor to explain how the Church is supposed to function. Take a look: For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong […]

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Educating for Piety

by Jason Barney, Academic Dean I see no way to sum up the offense of modern man except to say that he is impious…. He has taken up arms against, and he has effectually slain, what former men have regarded with filial veneration. He has not been conscious of crime but has… regarded his action […]

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Why Shakespeare?

By Hannah Bramsen Upper School Humanities, Class 8 homeroom, and Middle School Shakespeare director As spring slowly approaches, and students begin to feel the February blues, there is one thing that has faithfully brightened up the middle school atmosphere: the Shakespeare play. Rumors begin to flurry around as to what play it will be, and […]

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Why Do We Teach Logic at Clapham?

How classes on logic catalyze students for deep yet humble understanding. By Brian Kelly Class Six and Middle School Latin Teacher As the Class Six teacher, I have the opportunity to introduce students into the massive realm of logic, whether it is for formal logical deductions or informal logical fallacies. Students have had a taste […]

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Biblical Integration: Christian Schooling as Discipleship

by Katie Klos Class Five Lead Teacher, Middle School Girls’ Bible, and Middle School Literature I borrowed the title of this blog post from a conference that Jon Simons and I had the pleasure of attending at Cairn University last summer.  I was very encouraged by how much of what was presented at the conference […]

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An Unexpected Encounter

by Sally Woodhouse, Class Three Teacher Last month I made a new friend.  She must have been expecting me as she was standing patiently with her hands resting gracefully at an open door as I walked toward her. Immediately she struck me as being a gentle woman. She was rather plain, but there was a […]

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A Perhaps Unexpected Earthly Reward

by Kolby Atchison, Middle School Coordinator “How seldom, friend! A good great man inherits honor or wealth with all his worth and pains.” “It sounds like stories from the land of spirits if any man obtains that which he merits or any merit that which he obtains.” The excerpt above, taken from Coleridge’s “The Good, […]

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Relevant or Non-Essential?

The Use of Original Languages in Our Faith by Brian Kelly, Class Six and Latin Teacher In a recent conversation with one of my pastors, we discussed the tact that is needed in a sermon to introduce technical language terms or excerpts from the original languages. It has always been odd to me how some […]

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