What U.S. students miss by not learning Latin

Recent reports have suggested that reintroducing the so-called “dead” languages of Latin and Greek may actually boost scores in reading, math, and science. So why does learning Latin seem to give students an advantage in life? Latin educators and authors Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn suggest seven possible reasons in their book Teaching the Trivium: 1. Latin is basic to English 2. Latin is a springboard for mastering other inflected languages, such as Greek or German 3. The study of Latin sharpens the mental process 4. Everything in a culture is embedded in its language 5. Technical language is Latin 6. Latin…

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The Benefits of a Classical Christian Education

by Principal Robi Marshall Twice in the last week, new families, asked me what a classical Christian graduate looks like?  Albeit, our academy educates only through eighth grade with students completing high school elsewhere, it begs a great question. And while just beginning our fifth year at Arma Dei Academy, stories of students I’ve taught in the past, educated at a classical Christian school, abound. Two weeks ago Kaitlyn graduated with her medical degree and began her residency in Nashville (Vanderbilt University) last Monday and while juggling medical school, aided on more missions trips than was conceivable.  Anna nears completion of…

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Once More, What is Classical Education?

by Christopher Perrin, PhD, CEO Classical Academic Press As I present seminars on classical education and train teachers around the country, I find that this question—What is classical education?—persists. Even experienced classical educators keep asking it. To be honest, I keep asking it, and have been asking it and answering it for nearly twenty years now. It is a profoundly important question for our time, and one we should continue to ask and answer. There are few reasons for this: We did not receive a whole, integrated classical education ourselves, so we don’t have a strong answer based on our own…

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Easter

As we approach Easter this year, how will we appreciate it in a new way? In John 17, Jesus said that he had brought glory to the Father by accomplishing the work that the Father had given him to do.  Strangely, Jesus was referring not only to his work of healing, saving, serving and giving, but the work he was about to complete on the cross.  In his crucifixion and resurrection Jesus covered our sins, removed our guilt, and won the victory over death we could never win on our own.  What amazing work!  Now we are left with the question:…

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Class Festivals

Author: Mrs. Robi Marshall Last week marked the beginning of three grammar grade level festivals that will be presented this spring in Chapel and gives a glance into the Arma Dei Academy course of study. Over the course of a student’s education here at Arma Dei Academy, boys and girls grow familiar with God’s unfolding plan from creation to today. Starting in second grade, students study ancient Israel and Egypt.  Each successive year, students learn about the next civilization God established and sustained. Third graders at the academy, study Ancient Greece and Rome.  At their festivals last week, visitors gained perspective on one important aspect of their historical era; ancient roman architecture—a true gift still in use today. All history,…

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At Chapel on Friday

Author: Mrs. Robi Marshall   At chapel on Friday,  seventh grade student leader, Ryan Lavey reminded us, that all that is taught at Arma Dei Academy is based on the principle that God is the creator of all that exists.  Therefore all knowledge, all that we learn, is interrelated and proceeds from Him.  Ryan directed our attention to the church calendar, which provides much instruction.  We are currently in the season of the 40 days before Easter; it is known as Lent.  The word, Lent is derived from the Germanic root for long because it is observed in spring when the…

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3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write

According to Annie Holmquist in This 1897 Text Gives 3 Clues Why Today’s Students Can’t Write the Nation’s Report Card announced that only 27% of American 8th and 12th graders attained proficiency in writing. Why are American students such terrible writers? According to a text by Dr. Edwin Lewis entitled A First Book in Writing English, American schools, students, and even adults regularly violate three principles, which Lewis deemed essential to the writing process. 1. They Don’t Read High Quality Literature Schools often fail to present their students with literature selections, which demonstrate good examples of vocabulary, sentence structure, and other…

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