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

St. Thomas Aquinas

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