As we explore the idea of forming a school board to lead the planting of a Classical Christian School in Lewis County, here are some resources to get us all on the same page.
The first two videos have been produced by the Association of Classical Christian Schools and give a good intro into the why behind Classical Christian Education.
Dorthy Sayers essay on The Lost Tools of Learning is foundational to understanding why historic classical education, as a pedagogy, is superior to modern educational fads that move in and out of fashion.
Doug Wilson’s book The Case for Classical Education is an excellent and in-depth introduction to classical Christian education and perfect for an exploratory school board looking to align their vision for such a school.
The final resource is from Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. I am recommending the first lecture titled Calvinism as a Life System. This is included here not because of its direct connection to classical Christian education but as an argument for having a school board and administrator (principal) that are unified theologically in their Calvinistic convictions. Modern Evangelicalism is highly individualistic and is quite impotent in its ability to provide children or their parents with a strong worldview or “life system” for navigating the world and bringing everything under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Christian kids need a Christian education. As a board, if we don’t have an all-encompassing conviction regarding the rule of King Jesus and the sovereignty of God (Calvinism), we will not be able to maintain unity, vision, and mission in something as foundational as the education of our covenant children over multiple generations.
May God use us to build for us what we could never build on our own as we seek to repair the ruins and rebuild the walls. May God give us a mind to work.
– Joe Stout, March 25, 2022