Classical Christian education, as a movement, has been compared to the working of yeast within the homemade loaf. Added as a dry agent, the yeast is activated by other wetter ingredients. Left unchecked, it far exceeds the bowl. Silently and consistently it grows, tumbling onto countertop and covering all it contacts. Its affects are messy, all-encompassing, and animated.
Throughout the years having attended at least 10 Association of Classical and Christian Schools conferences, (ACCS) I marvel at the growth and the depth of influence that continues to mature and inform the movement. St. Augustine remarked, “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.”
Listening to plenary speakers Al Moeller and Nancy Pearcy at this year’s conference was a reminder of that very thought. And it was heartening to meet such warm friends of the classical and Christian school movement. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president and a leading female Christian apologist urged us onward. Our touchstones, those topics we hold sacred are many. They reminded us that we are united in efforts to prepare young men and women of virtue, wisdom, purpose and courage. We aim to arm them to always be ready to give an account for the hope within them with gentleness and reverence. We were inspired to teach students to let the truth loose and see it defend itself. Encouraging and motivating, this year’s conference was a great benefit to all who attended.