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Trinitas 2019 Commencement Address

Posted by Joshua Gibbs on Jun 17, 2019 9:24:04 AM

To the graduates in the Trinitas class of 2019, congratulations. To all the faculty at Trinitas Christian School, to all the parents of the graduates, and to the Trinitas Board— among whom I count many dear friends— well done.

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be back in Pensacola again, where I and my family spent many happy years with the Trinitas community.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Alumni

Classical Cultivates Virtue Through Perspective

Posted by Ron Gilley on May 28, 2019 10:49:21 AM

Like many in the Trinitas community, lately, I have been reading Joshua Gibbs’s first book How to be Unlucky: Reflections on the Pursuit of Virtue. (Actually, I have been listening to it, which isn’t quite the same thing as reading it, but that is a discussion for another day.) Gibbs uses The Consolation of Philosophy and his years in the classroom (several of them at Trinitas) to approach the subject of pursuing virtue through classical education. Pursuing virtue is an educational activity we allude to from time to time, a catchphrase we hold up as an important goal of classical education, even a claim with which we sprinkle our marketing brochures, but really, what does it mean to pursue virtue? And why only pursue it? Do any of our students ever actually catch up with it?

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Alumni, Virtue

Classical Education Creates Renaissance Men and Women

Posted by Ron Gilley on May 20, 2019 12:04:59 PM

As the school year winds down, we enter the season for reflection. For students, now is time for final performances, academic awards, and the accumulation of all kinds of accolades for the year. I am always a little in awe of Trinitas students as I look back over their accomplishments and realize all they have done, and done well, in a single year. Surely this euphoria upon reflection holds true for any hardworking student in any school—it is not reserved for Trinitas students. I am, however, always amazed at the number of Trinitas students who do so very well over the year in such a wide variety of activities. What I have found is that classical education exposes students to a broad range of experiences and then provides opportunities for students to learn, perform and compete in activities as different as baseball and drama. By encouraging students to drink deeply from many fountains of knowledge rather than specializing in one, classical education creates Renaissance men and women. 

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Education, True Education

Classical Creates Culture

Posted by Ron Gilley on Apr 8, 2019 9:07:53 AM

At other times I have written here about the importance of the home, church, and school being in agreement, and it is a message that bears repeating. Those three entities have the most influence over a child’s formation. If the home, church, and school have different messages about who God is or who His people are or how they are called to live, a child’s mind will be divided on issues that are foundational to her existence. For a child to flourish spiritually and emotionally, hearing a consistent message from home, church, and school is necessary. By that same standard, a classical education cannot take root and flourish in the life of a child if it isn’t being supported at home.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Parenting, Classical Education, Parent Involvement, Video Games, Reading, Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Hands-on Education: A Feast for the Eyes, Hands, Mind, Feet . . .

Posted by Wendy Phillips on Apr 1, 2019 8:27:40 AM

In case you haven’t noticed, children do things adults don’t; for example, children run.  They just run to run, not to go anywhere or for any reason, but just for the sheer pleasure of running. They will also pretend-play with just about any item they find.  A stick becomes a Greek sword, a jacket is shaped to make a baby’s blanket, and sofa cushions become a fort.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Teaching

What About Dating In High School?

Posted by Joshua Gibbs on Mar 25, 2019 9:23:59 AM

Student: What do you think about students dating in high school?

Gibbs: Why date? Why not just get married?

Student: We’re obviously not old enough to get married.

Gibbs: So why date?

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life

A Few Ideas for Teaching Stewardship to Children

Posted by Ron Gilley on Mar 4, 2019 11:13:55 AM

One of my favorite teachers sometimes reminds her class of nine-year-olds that they came into this world with nothing and that they would have nothing still if their kind and benevolent parents hadn’t given them everything they need. She usually issues that reminder to her students in the context of a pep-talk about taking proper care of their clothes, lunchboxes, backpacks, pencils, binders—you get the idea, but it also extends to care of their desks, chairs, books, and other non-consumable items they use at school. She refers to these items under their care as their little kingdoms. If they can take good care of those little kingdoms, they will someday be prepared to rule well over larger kingdoms—households, businesses, churches, and governments, for example.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Parenting

Why Recitation Should be Part of Every Child’s Education

Posted by Ron Gilley on Jan 28, 2019 8:41:08 AM

Recently our school celebrated what we call the Night of Recitation. It is a twenty year old tradition that has a different theme each year. Imagine every class from Junior Kindergarten to the Seniors performing a short skit or reciting some piece of excellent prose or poetry—and not only every class, but every student in every class. Why do we do it? Why do we ask our students to recite in public? Recitation is a valuable and important aspect of a classical education. It helps students develop excellent rhetorical skills, it gives them almost immediate feedback on their hard work, and it challenges their fear of speaking in public.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Classical Languages

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