Our Philosophy of Education
Poetic education: from wonder to wisdom
The essence of our philosophy of "poetic education" lies in a relentless pursuit of wholeness over fragmentation in education. This can be understood according to at least ten basic principles:
- Teach the whole person--heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Read whole books--living expressions of thought from the mind of a single author.
- Emphasize synthetic knowledge (narration, observation, and ideas) over scientific analysis and dissection.
- Connect knowledge from various subjects within the tradition of great ideas--truth, goodness, and beauty.
- Educate for a whole life by making virtue and wisdom the primary goals of the curriculum.
- Treat the school as a "faculty of friends" rather than a collection of highly trained specialists.
- Teach a comprehensive vision of the language arts as manifest in the Trivium.
- Situate the leisure time of study within a larger vision of the good life--work, wonder, wisdom, and worship.
- Harmonize the rhythms of schooling with the life of the Church and the family.
- Remember that the ultimate goal of study is theosis, walking the path toward union with God.
For more information on our philosophy of education, see the Further Reading page.