Getting Started in Classical Astronomy

Dear friends, It will be along time before any “high school” students take up the formal study of Classical Astronomy in Ptolemy’s Almagest.  In fact, few may ever do so.  It’s very difficult and will likely require the help of a tutor. As an alternative, I recommend that students study Aristotle’s Physics and then his work On the Heavens.  This work came before Ptolemy’s Almagest in history and is easier for students to get started with.  It requires the knowledge of Classical Geometry because in it, Aristotle uses Geometry to prove many of his teachings on the heavens. I’m always … Continue

Beware of Desperate College Programs

Dear friends, Modern colleges and universities are businesses and COVID has crippled many of them financially.  As a result, many are attempting to generate income by offering all kinds of online programs that serve no purpose.  These schools seek to take advantage of anxieities about college admission and draw students into expensive programs that, in the end, provide them with no benefits. For example, today I received notice of an online “pre-college” program offered by Georgetown University for students considering college studies in Law and Medicine.  The courses offer no college credits, 20-30 hours of online activity and cost $1495.  … Continue

Getting Started in Scholastic Philosophy   The Problem with “Modern” Catholicism No, it’s not the Second Vatican Council.  No, it’s not the “Novus Ordo” Mass.  No, it’s not scandals in the clergy.  No, it’s not the use of the English language.  No, it’s not Pope Francis. The common scapegoats attacked by Catholics are superficial reactions to imaginary controversies stirred up by social media personalities and authors for clicks and sales.   In fact, I would argue that the attempt by laymen to blame the clergy and hierarchy of the Church for the problems in the Church are one big, lazy excuse for the real problem … Continue

Latin Verb Conjugation Chart

To help study with Latin translation work, I’d like to share a Latin verb conjugation chart I made back in 2009, which shows all forms of Latin verb endings regular verbs. This chart is very helpful if used regularly as it provides you with a system that can be memorized and visualized as you gain experience with it. It’s the easiest way to identify all of the Latin verb endings needed in translation. By simply knowing were forms are on the chart, you can remember their charcateristics.  Often, this is all that’s needed to make a good translation. What You … Continue

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Operations of the Mind and Aristotle’s Organon

Sicut dicit Philosophus in III De Anima, duplex est operatio intellectus: una quidem, quae dicitur indivisibilium intelligentia, per quam scilicet intellectus apprehendit essentiam uniuscuiusque rei in seipsa; alia est operatio intellectus scilicet componentis et dividentis. Additur autem et tertia operatio, scilicet ratiocinandi, secundum quod ratio procedit a notis ad inquisitionem ignotorum. Harum autem operationum prima ordinatur ad secundam: quia non potest esse compositio et divisio, nisi simplicium apprehensorum. Secunda vero ordinatur ad tertiam: quia videlicet oportet quod ex aliquo vero cognito, cui intellectus assentiat, procedatur ad certitudinem accipiendam de aliquibus ignotis. Cum autem logica dicatur rationalis scientia, necesse est quod … Continue

Modern Natural Sciences for CLAA Students

Dear friends, Beginning this week, I will be teaching through the natural sciences for students in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.  The first videos for the course will be available today. I intend to lead students through the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are the three chief courses in the natural sciences, and then into higher sciences once those courses are complete.  I intend to provide students with a complete course of high school science instruction that exceeds modern high school requirements. Not only will I lead students through the modern natural sciences, but I will do so … Continue

Getting Started with the Art of Reasoning

The most important study in the classical Catholic curriculum is, without question, the art of Reasoning.  In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we study all of Aristotle’s works on the subject, contained in his famous “Organon”.  I believe this first video, introducing Aristotle’s Categories, give a good introduction to the challenges of the study, and the errors of modern “Logic” books and classes.  Enjoy.   God bless your studies, William C. Michael, Headmaster Classical Liberal Arts Academy

When was the World Created?

I have a correction to make in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s World Chronology course. In the course, I list the date of the creation of the world to be 4,000 B.C.  Over Easter weekend, however, a Catholic friend showed me that this should not be the date used in the course.  It is too early, and the improved date can actually be found in the text of the Divine Office of the Catholic Church. Now, in modern circles, it’s common for us to hear that the earth is millions or billions of years old.  Many Catholics have embraced this … Continue

Help with Homeschool Documentation

  Dear friends, In North Carolina, we enjoy great liberty as a homeschool family.  The state of North Carolina respects the right of parents to direct their children’s education, and there is very little interference or trouble from the state once a family registers as a home school. I often hear parents speaking of the requirements of their states with regard to homeschooling and, to be honest, I find much of this talk to be exaggerrated and used as an excuse to settle for low secular school standards–as if they are necessary.  Many homeschool publishers and services exploit the ignorance … Continue

Let’s Radically Improve Catholic Homeschooling

When it comes to education, especially Christian education, we parents face three great obstacles.  The first is that for many, education is merely a business and decisions are made based on what is most profitable for publishers and educators, not what is best for students. Second, parents are often ignorant of the history of education and how saints studied and taught in the past and educators exploit this ignorance.  Third, parents fail to make clear goals and stick to them, and they end up imitating modern educational fads and accomplish very little.  Homeschooling, for most, is expensive and ineffective.  Some … Continue