Teach Them to Climb

By Cheryl Swope, M.Ed.[1] Even if we fail, those who make an effort to get to the top will climb higher than those who from the start despair of emerging where they want to be, and stop right at the foot of the hill. – ancient Roman orator Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 1   Special education began nearly five hundred years ago when a Benedictine … Continue reading Teach Them to Climb

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Ian Mosley)

Top 5 Books of 2018 by Ian Mosley, Latin Teacher at School of the Ozarks As the year comes to a close, we as a staff have decided to detail our favorite reads of 2018. The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things: an Introduction to the Philosophy of Being, by Pierre-Marie Emonet What a sublime little book! In attempting to give a non-technical introduction to some … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Ian Mosley)

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