On Beauty and Longing

By Lucy Watson Lucy is a senior at School of the Ozarks located in Point Lookout, Missouri. She is looking to study graphic design with a minor in accounting in college. When she isn’t doing school work or reading, she loves to play sports, paint, spin pottery, and spend time with her family.  I am in my fourth year of a classical Christian education, and … Continue reading On Beauty and Longing

Book Review, The Fragrance of God

By Christine Norvell How do you teach beauty? The concept of beauty is not a light thought but a worthy one. As I attended a summer seminar on teaching and writing about beauty, I quickly realized how much is contained in a single word. Many rich books were referenced, and one book in particular captured me by its title alone, The Fragrance of God. As … Continue reading Book Review, The Fragrance of God

A Defense of the Dead Man by Abraham Martin (Portrait of a Graduate Series)

Note: The video submission of this speech was awarded First Prize in the National ACCS Chrysostom Oratory Contest. Abraham was able to deliver this speech at the annual conference in Frisco, TX, before an audience of over 1,000 conference attendees. A Defense of the Dead Man By Abraham Martin, 2018 Graduate of School of the Ozarks There is no culture quite as strange as that of an American antique … Continue reading A Defense of the Dead Man by Abraham Martin (Portrait of a Graduate Series)

On Aristotle and Happiness

By Christine Norvell Humanity of every age and culture has sought a sense of purpose, often in semantics—perhaps fulfillment, contentment, joy, pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness add meaning to our life on earth. However, some of these words appear interconnected or lend to a dichotomy, either relating to the physical senses or to intuitive ones. Aristotle saw how these separate terms could intertwine to define happiness: … Continue reading On Aristotle and Happiness

Timid Thinkers: Death, Deconstruction, and Dogma in Franny and Zooey

By Dominic Robin Warning: Quotes from Salinger’s Franny and Zooey include some explicit language. Among philosophical pairings, few are as markedly disparate as that of Ernest Becker and G.K. Chesterton. The theories of Chesterton –a jovial theist, traditionalist, and pervasive optimist –and that of Becker –a, shall-we-say, less jovial cultural anthropologist with an interest in the pervasive power of man’s fear of death –seem in … Continue reading Timid Thinkers: Death, Deconstruction, and Dogma in Franny and Zooey

Chips: In Moderation

By Joshua Bruce “Potato chips may be eaten, but only in moderation.” The philosopher Aristotle said that. Well, he didn’t exactly say that. But if Aristotle had known about potato chips and how good they are, he definitely would have said that about them. Which is why my son, a classically trained toddler, already well-versed in Aristotelian categories, always says the same thing when he … Continue reading Chips: In Moderation

Why Classical Education is the Future

By Dr. Steve Turley   There’s an interesting term that’s developed among scholars over the last several years: retraditionalization. While certainly a bit cumbersome, it is a rather simple and indeed profound concept. In the face of threats to a sense of place, identity, and security so often posed by globalization, populations tend to reassert historic identity and security markers – religion, custom, and tradition … Continue reading Why Classical Education is the Future