There’s More to College Prep than College Admission

When we look at the admission requirements of selective colleges and universities, we find a list of standard courses that constitute a modern “college prep” curriculum. Harvard University, for example, recommends the following: The study of English for four years: close and extensive reading of the classics of the world’s literature; four years of a single foreign language; the study of history for at least two years, and preferably three years: American history, European history, and one additional advanced history course; the study of mathematics for four years; the study of science for four years: physics, chemistry, and biology, and … Continue

You Cannot Fake a Real Education

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

Raising Kids in Difficult Circumstances

In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we understand that students are being raised in many different circumstances. Some of our students enjoy nearly ideal conditions for classical Catholic studies, but most of them don’t. We are challenged to work together to help overcome the obstacles and allow all students to enjoy the same studies within their own unique circumstances. In response to a recent question from a parent facing difficult circumstances, I posted the following talk. God bless,William C. Michael, HeadmasterClassical Liberal Arts Academy

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Office of a Wise Man

In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we study to become wise men. In this post, I’d like to share a passage from St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous work, “Summa Contra Gentiles”, in which he discusses the office, or duty, of a wise man. Enjoy. -WCM “My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate impiety.” Proverbs 8:7 1. The usage of the multitude, which according to the Philosopher is to be followed in giving names to things, has commonly held that they are to be called wise who order things rightly and govern them well. Hence, among other things that … Continue

Free Teacher Training Program for Homeschool Parents and Private School Teachers

For REAL classical Catholic education to be restored, parents and teachers have a lot to learn. In 2009, I published a course titled “Praeceptor Training”, in which I introduced parents and teachers to the history and principles of the classical Catholic curriculum. It was a very popular course that helped many families get started in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. In 2020, I collected those old lessons together and made them available in the free book, “Understanding Classical Catholic Education“. In 2022, I am planning to publish a much more comprehensive program for parents and teachers in which I will … Continue

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