With all that is involved in the creation of a new
program, it is easy to overlook one very important goal - namely, to communicate
consistently with parents about what is happening in their child’s school.
I hope this blog goes a long way toward rectifying this situation. There
is so much that I look forward to educating parents about regarding what we do
and why we do it. This will be a forum for just that. Please check back
often and I hope you will find this ongoing conversation enlightening and
Our school is unique. We have adopted a classical curriculum and philosophy that has educated the greatest minds in the history of the world – from the greatest minds of antiquity, through the ages, to our own Founding Fathers and
beyond. Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study (grammar stage). In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments (logic stage). In the high school years, they learn to express themselves (rhetoric stage). This classical pattern is called the trivium - and it produces graduates that have been refined by the process and are truly educated.
Modern day approaches to education make the mistake of thinking that our problems are exclusive to our times. They, therefore, cut off students from the wisdom of the ages. When an intensive study of the ancients is undertaken, we find that the greatest minds of history have already confronted these same issues, and we get to sit under their teaching and reasoning, all the while finding our own moral compass. When we choose those works of literature, art, music, and the like, our motto should be that of Winston Churchill: “I shall only be satisfied with the
Too often, schools are secretive and non-transparent. Here at BFHS, we strive to be neither. I am so excited about what we are providing for our students and I love talking about it. We teach differently because we have higher goals for our students’ education than to merely get a job; we assess and motivate our
students differently because we have loftier standards than those found in
the modern culture. Our goal is that our students exit our school knowing what
it is to be a virtuous citizen and ready to engage in what Mortimer Adler calls
the “Great Conversation” — the ongoing conversation of great minds down through