The Most Important Virtue

University-Model® schools should always be promoting the virtues, but especially the foundational virtue of self-acceptance which has been missing from our understanding of spiritual development far too long. Parents and teachers need to understand that the virtue of self-acceptance is not at all the same thing as the feeling of self-esteem, and that patience with…

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Have Fun, Do Your Best, and Be a Blessing

Parents need a motto, a catch-phrase that defines a positive way of living at home or school. “Have Fun, Do your Best, and Be a Blessing” is a great place to start.  Each component represents both a standard for behavior and a claim on a different aspect of the student’s soul. Have Fun.  Hard work…

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God’s Strategy for Discipline: Dealing With Cain

The story of God’s dealing with Cain (Genesis 4) is instructive for how parents and school leaders can query students to reveal the heart issues behind discipline problems.  God’s discipline involves the method of simple questions to reveal Cain’s motives, choices, actions, and their consequences. God asks Cain five different questions before He announces the…

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Sleep, Diet, and Exercise: Are They Spiritual?

Although it is true we are becoming more health-conscious in our country than ever before, it is also true that old habits die hard and we are easily deceived.  How easy it is to think that by eating right but not giving attention to our sleep, or that by exercising often but not eating well,…

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The Cry of the Adolescent Girl

The cry of the teen girl’s heart is complicated and deep; she is in pain and confusion, and she is calling for help but does not know where to find it.  This is a series of articles addressing the “cries” or questions that are common to girls who struggle in their teen years.  Cry #1: “Am I…

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The School Assigns Too Much Homework

Sometimes parents make the charge that the school assigns too much homework.  And that is a serious problem, the parents argue, because the homework is placing too much stress, which is bad, on the students.  The implied judgment of the school here is most unfortunate.  From that premise it is easy to draw the conclusion…

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My Son is Not Athletic

Parents with this concern are often dealing with a lot of fears, the most serious of which is the fear that their son will be too effeminate. The thought paralyzes them and blocks the avenues to truth, healing, and restoration. The son may not be athletic in the sense of not being cut out for…

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Impact of Divine Wisdom on the Educational Enterprise

Many Christian parents understand the importance of Divine Wisdom and acknowledge its potential to impact their children’s lives in a positive way. Consequently, leaders in Classical and University-Model® Christian schools and many home-school families as well are sincerely committed to training students in wisdom. For instance, the Circe Institute, which serves the Classical school community,…

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My Child Gives Up Easily

Students give up and quit for many reasons.  Parents need to get very good at reading their child’s “soul signals” so they can help him. Here are five general reasons why a child quits a project or gives up easily: 1. He gives up because he is afraid to try. A fear of some kind…

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