But help is on the way. The Classical Curriculum movement sweeping through private schools and even through some public school districts teaches children to read, write, and speak clearly. The so-called “trivium” sequence of grammar, logic, and rhetoric was developed by the Greeks in the fifth century before Christ, and served western civilization well until it began to be replaced by a more “technocratic” approach about a hundred years ago. It is, simply, a better curriculum than what most public and private schools offer today.
Don’t believe me? If you are concerned about the limited attention spans, inadequate social skills, and emotional fragility of young people today, I want to show you something. If you are surprised at how little high school students know about history and literature, or alarmed at how dependent they are on screens and social media, or disturbed at how easily they fall into depression or violence, I want to offer you a better way to educate.
It's called the Classical Curriculum, and we are opening a school in San Francisco this August. We call it, actually, an Integrated Classical Catholic school (ICC), and our school will take the name Stella Maris Academy. You’ve heard me speak of it before, but now it’s crunch time. We need a few teachers who want to teach this way, and ten or twelve families that want to build this school. We’ve got the money, but we need the students. Most Catholic families in the Bay Area have no idea how to better educate their children, and it’s not easy to reach them.
Can you join me in building this school? I need two things from you: First, your prayers, because this is entirely in God’s hands. We are all entirely in His hands. So many of us must ask Him for this blessing, daily, in our prayers. Second, I need you to educate yourself in the Classical Curriculum, and to tell others what you have discovered. Three of us in San Francisco will be presenting on the three aspects of ICC, as follows. “I” stands for Integrated, and Greg Moeck, our director of marketing, will speak on how an Integrated Classical Catholic school fulfils the goals of STEM (“science, technology, engineering, and math”) better than a merely technology-focused education. “C” stands for Classical, and Gavin Colvert, our Head of School, will speak on how ICC forms character by forming the moral imagination. “C” stands for Catholic, and I will speak on how integrating faith and reason raises saints rather than simply students.
I will present on January 25 at 7pm; Greg will present on January 30 at 10am, and Gavin will present on February 3 at 7pm. Tomorrow on this blog I will give you the link to these live streamed presentations.