Afraid to Cross the Old Fence Line

When we kept sheep, we used electric fencing to control their grazing. They’d learn where the fences were and eventually stay away from them. However, when we wished to move the sheep, we’d take down a line of the electric fencing and give them access to an area of fresh … Continue

How Education Developed in Ancient Israel

Abraham teaching the Egyptians

Normally, when we consider the people of Israel we think of the ceremonial traditions they zealously maintained–and rightfully did they do so. We fail to compare and contrast this nation with the rest of the world. We take them for granted in the same way we take Moses for granted. … Continue

Homer and Homeschooling in Ancient Greece

Recently, I have been enjoying an old book on ancient Greek education. In it, the author discusses the early education of Greek children in the ancient world. He explains that the education was based on the writings of the poets, and particularly of Homer. I believe homeschooling parents will find … Continue

The Education of St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 340-397)

by Joseph Parkinson The life of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church, is known from his writings, and from the Life written by Paulinus, his secretary. St. Ambrose belonged to an old and noble Roman family, and among his ancestors were both Christian martyrs and distinguished … Continue

Don’t Be Turned Off by Homeschool Parents

As a classicist who studied at a great, liberal university and taught in elite private schools, I find most of the “homeschool community” to be painfully embarrassing. It is nothing more than education and culture in the hands of the mob, where there are no necessary qualifications, standards or results. … Continue

Using the Academy for your Private School Curriculum

Calls are increasing from Catholics organizing private schools who wish to partner with Classical Liberal Arts Academy–and we’re happy to do so. I’m often asked if it’s possible for the Academy courses to be used in private school settings, and the answer is: “Yes.” Whether a school would like to … Continue