Natasha’s Valedictory Address at FCA Leander’s 2017 Commencement

"As we leave behind our younger and more vulnerable years, I think a fitting lesson we ought to take with us is this: that life is a beautiful and sacred gift, with tremendous potential for, but no guarantee of, achieving the good. So I urge you, in the way that classical education best teaches us how, to spend it wisely. Spend it well."

Ava’s Salutatory Address at FCA Leander’s 2019 Commencement

We will take with us the words of wisdom we were given by teachers who have taken on Lewis’ charge “not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” I hope that for each of us, this graduation is not the end of education, but merely a transition. Embracing our spirited nature, let us move on to greater challenges knowing that we’ve begun well.

History and Social Studies: What’s the difference?

If you are a parent, these notes might help you evaluate your child's history class. If you are a teacher in a classical school, they might help you plan your lessons or give you ways to describe the teaching of history to others. If you are a teacher of social studies or a teacher in a non-classical school, this might help you think about two different ways of approaching the same subject.

What’s going to happen to the blog?

Dear families, teachers, and friends, The school year is starting, and for the first time in Founders Classical of Leander's history, I'm not there. Instead I'm on the road with our curriculum and instruction team, meeting a group of teachers and school leaders who are about to do exactly what we did six years ago.… Continue reading What’s going to happen to the blog?

Hillsdale’s New K-12 Classical Education Podcast

Living in a small town isn't that bad, you know. There is a film studio in the basement of the building where we work, and on the first floor we have a radio station. So, without having to go very far at all, this summer we started a podcast, and the first episode is available… Continue reading Hillsdale’s New K-12 Classical Education Podcast