How to Manage a household

Today is Tuesday, May 10. And this is William Michael, of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. I’d like to talk a little bit today about parenting and managing a household. I’d like to talk about how to actually do it, how to actually control a household how to actually manage the household, how to keep order in the household, how to discipline, children, etc. All of these topics really are all related and come under one meditation because there’s a key principle, a key practice, I should say, and if a father can get this right, everything else can fall … Continue

You Cannot Fake a Real Education

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of students

Recently a few of my children went to church to take tests that are part of their sacramental preparation programs. They have to memorize quite a bit of material–prayers, teachings of the Church, etc. When they came from from their testing, the topic of discussion was the surprise to see many of the kids cheating on their tests. Yes, cheating on their faith formation tests. Cheating is rampant throughout modern schools–and homeschools. To pretend this is a public school problem and not a Catholic homeschool program as well is to simply refuse to face reality. Many students are left unsupervised … Continue

What’s the Plan for Catholic Children in America?

In the late 1800s, K-12 education became compulsory in the United States. Take a minute and let that sink in. Before the 1800s, K-12 education was not compulsory. Most children did not go to school, but remained with their parents and relatives, working in or around their homes. Some children were sent to trusted friends or relatives for apprenticeships or private education. They weren’t required to go to school–at all. In the late 1800s, this changed–and American culture changed. New, tax-funded “Public schools” were created to provide this compulsory education, and they were known to be anti-Catholic, largely influenced by … Continue