For Seventh and Eighth Grade Students and the Parents of Seventh and Eight Grade Students:
Questions matter. The quality of your life is governed by the questions you ask.
Being educated means knowing the right questions to ask; Wisdom is knowing when to ask the right questions; and Virtue is asking the right questions--even when it is hard or dangerous.
Thinking is asking questions. How much money can I make? How can I be virtuous and wise? How can I better love my neighbor? If you owned a business, who would you rather hire someone who asks himself the first question, or someone who asks the second and third?
The quality of your life is governed by the questions you ask.
Communication matters. Does the engineer need to communicate effectively? What about the General, the Physician, the Math teacher, or the Coach?
As gold is put to fire to burn away the dross, communication--writing and speaking-- refines one’s thinking.
We study Literature in Western Civilisation to show us how to use language in a refined manner. Literature in Western Civilisation demonstrates a model of the Great Conversation--the asking of important questions and the logical conclusions of their answers. Some questions are asked with Virtue in mind; some are not. Some are asked with Wisdom; some are not. We learn from Literature’s questions and answers because in them we can find Truth, or we learn from them because Truth is absent. This touches all academic disciplines.
In the Jr. High at Aristoi Classical Academy, we want our students to not only ask great questions, but for our students to be equipped with the tools to assist them in contemplating Truth, Goodness, and Beauty while finding the right answers.
’17 - ’18 will be an exciting year! I look forward to sharing this opportunity with you and your child.