Philosophy

The curriculum, pedagogy, and culture will be based on the following philosophic foundations:


1. The centrality of the Western tradition, to include a rich and recurring examination of the American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical traditions.

2. The acknowledgment of objective standards of correctness, logic, beauty, weightiness, and truth intrinsic to the liberal arts.

3. The importance of story-telling in the totality of education, and in particular to early childhood education. This includes fiction, poetry, and mythology, as well as historical narrative.

4. The teaching of dialectic (the art of investigating or discussing the truth of viewpoints) and use of Socratic dialogue.

5. The use of primary sources in the humanities when possible, as favored over modern commentaries, interpretations, or summaries.

6. The logical ordering of linguistic studies through the trivial arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
Following explicit phonics instruction, grammar is taught as the ordinary use of language, and then logic as the proper use of definition, reason, and argumentation. Thenceforth rhetoric, or the extraordinary and persuasive use of language.

7. The study of Latin, to enhance understanding of word roots, language structure, and grammar, as well as the foundations of modern society in classical antiquity.

8. The framing of numerical studies in relation to the quadrivial arts: arithmetic, the art of pure number; geometry, the art of number in space; music, the art of number in time; and astronomy, the art of number in space and time. These subjects provide a basis for pursuit of the derivative arts of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus, which further reveal the quantities, harmonies, and logic of the natural world.

9. A careful and comprehensive study of the natural sciences, which build upon and enhance the study of number so as to reveal the intelligible ordering, composition, and wonder of the natural world.
These include physics, chemistry, biology, and geology.

10. Study of the moral sciences which explore the nature of human being and human communities. These include economics, civics, and political and moral philosophy.

11. A pronounced attention to the pleasurable or “fine” arts (music, acting, dancing, painting), as well as gymnastic and athletic endeavors, that the body might be rightly ordered and cultivated in parallel with the intellect.

12. A school culture, to include extracurricular activities, that demands moral virtue, decorum, respect, discipline, and studiousness among the students and faculty.

13. A faculty where well-educated and articulate teachers explicitly convey real knowledge to students using traditional teaching methods rather than so-called “student-centered learning” methods.
Implicit is the effective use of technology without diminishing the faculty leadership that is crucial to academic achievement.

14. The inculcation of seven cardinal virtues at all levels of character education: courage, justice, wisdom, temperance, magnanimity, industry, and integrity.