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Of Pigs and Pupils: Fast Food, Modern Education, and the Growth of Classical (Christian) Schools

Posted by trinitas on Mar 26, 2018 10:00:42 AM

The classical school approach offers a fundamentally different vision of education that families fed up with a factory approach to learning find compelling.

Sarah Eeckhoff Zylstra recently wrote of the exponential growth of the classical Christian school movement. Similarly, John J. Miller, writing for National Review, calls the classical and classical Christian school movements “a small revolution in K-12 education.” What accounts for the growing popularity of these classical and classical Christian schools? Why are so many families opting for a return to an older way of educating their children? Strange as it may seem, I believe a popular Chipotle video helps explain the reasons for the rapid spread of these schools.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Classical Education, True Education, Secular Education, Social Issues

Reminders for Trinitas Fans

Posted by trinitas on Aug 29, 2017 9:32:08 AM

Trinitas booster club - knight with sports ballsAs varsity sports seasons get underway this weekend, I want to remind you what it means to represent Trinitas as a fan. You can find a thorough explanation of “The Ideal Trinitas Sports Fan” in the Family Handbook, but I want to give you a few quick reminders.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life

More Father Famine

Posted by trinitas on Jun 26, 2017 9:20:16 AM

Last week I introduced the term father famine to this blog. The term I have only recently heard from my pastor; the idea the term denotes I have observed for years. The term fitly describes the absence of fathers and fathering in our culture. We have developed cultural amnesia, and one of the things we’ve forgotten, which is key to any culture, is fathering. By “we” I mean western culture generally, but to be more specific, I mean Christians seem to have forgotten the importance of fathering and, therefore, how to father. There is a dark irony in this Christian forgetfulness. The obvious irony is that fathering ought to be on our minds all the time because we speak of and look to God as our Heavenly Father; the subtler irony is that remembering is a predominant theme throughout Scripture.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Parenting, Christian Living, Parent Involvement

In Defense of Defense

Posted by trinitas on May 1, 2017 11:22:32 AM

The Trinitas seniors recently finished their senior thesis project. It was as if the weight of the world fell off them on that day. They have been living with their topics and all the research and writing and re-writing for a year now. It felt good for them to turn in those papers and defend them before a panel of board members and faculty. It felt good for them to look back on their work well done and know they had accomplished that massive and daunting project they set out to accomplish a year ago.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Thesis Projects, College Admissions

A Thing of Beauty

Posted by trinitas on Mar 21, 2017 9:04:54 AM

Our junior and senior classes have just returned from five days in New York City. Some schools would call it a junior-senior trip; we call it an aesthetics trip. On a Trinitas aesthetics trip the main mission is to discover beauty that we can’t discover at home. We go in search of music, dance, art, architecture, and food. It isn’t that we don’t have those things in Pensacola; it’s just that we can find more of them in places like New York City and Washington DC.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Aesthetics Trip

Keeping Short Accounts

Posted by trinitas on Feb 13, 2017 8:35:24 AM

In Eph 4:3, Paul says the Ephesians ought to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” While we know Paul wrote this letter specifically to the church at Ephesus, and with a specific context in mind, we also know that if Paul’s exhortation was true for Christians at Ephesus, it is true for us at Trinitas. Maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is no easy task, though, no matter where it is being attempted because we’re all sinners, especially talented at offending each other, hurting each other’s feelings, and generally getting in each other’s way. But when the place you’re attempting to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is a school where 200 people are living in community each day, it is a difficult task to say the least.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Christian Living

In Pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Posted by trinitas on Jan 17, 2017 1:09:59 PM

When you come to Trinitas, what jumps right out at you is the fact that it is a different sort of school than your common public or private school, and even different from most private Christian schools you will have been acquainted with in your life. That isn’t to say that there aren’t other schools like Trinitas in the world, and it isn’t even to say that Trinitas is the best school that you will ever have been acquainted with. It is different, and that should be obvious. One of the main catalysts for that difference is the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty in our school life, not only in the classroom, but also in the hallways, at the lockers, on the ball field, and in short, everywhere the school has any presence as an institution.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Classical Education, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Coming Messiah

Posted by trinitas on Dec 12, 2016 8:56:33 AM

At this time in the history of the world, when our calendar is controlled largely by a capitalist machine of our own making (read WalMart, Amazon, etc.), perhaps we Christians should buck the system a little, remind the secular establishment that we’re still here and still seeing things just a little differently than they. That’s one reason we talk about the season of Advent at Trinitas.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, History

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