A Classical Christian education will emphasize traditional subjects such as rhetoric.It will also infuse every aspect of its teaching with evangelistic fire and purpose. Religion in a Classical Christian school is not an option any more than it is in a Muslim or Jewish or Roman Catholic school. All these schools can take valuable teaching time to accomplish their missionary objectives because they take no state funds. They basically can march to their own pedagalogical tune as long as their clientele is satisfied that the school is doing a good job.
What about prep schools? Religion for most prep schools is merely one more subject offering on the curriculum menu. That does not mean that religion and spiritual values are not taught. They blend in with...
That's because schools try to standardize the kind of laptop used. It makes support and configuration issues much, much easier for the IT staff.
For example, here's what The Hotchkiss School has to say about the issue:
"Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, The Hotchkiss School will issue Macbook computers to all incoming Preps and Lower Mids. Returning Lower Mids will be re-issued the same computer they used the previous school year. Each student will use the computer during the school year throughout his or her career at Hotchkiss. "
Handheld devices such as iPads and Android tablets are permitted in many schools. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) makes great sense on so many levels because the devices are so common and relatively inexpensive. Indeed handhelds are rapidly replacing desktop computers as one can see from declining desktop sales.
Integrating a variety of handheld devices into the classroom presents a variety of challenges for most schools. First off, the network environment has to be secure. That requires significant expenditures on the backend to ensure that every member of the community has...
- Ashley Hall, Charleston, SC: Alexandra Ripley, Barbara Bush, Madeleine L'Engle
- Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN: Arthur Golden
- The Brooks School, North Andover, MA: Steve Forbes
- Canisius High School, Buffalo, NY: Tim Russert
- Cardinal Hayes High School, New York, NY: George Carlin
- Choate-Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT: Glenn Close, Ivanka Trump, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jodie Foster, John Dos Passos, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Michael Douglas
- Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA: Bette Davis
- The Dwight School, New York, NY: Paris Hilton
- Emma Willard School, Troy, NY: Jane Fonda
- Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA: John McCain
- Eton College, Berkshire, England: Prince Harry, Prince William
- Gulliver Preparatory, Miami, FL: Enrique Iglesias, George Prescott Bush
- Harding Academy, Nashville, TN: Reese Witherspoon
- Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA: Tori Spelling
- The Hill School, Pottstown, PA: Oliver Stone
- The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT: Archibald MacLeish
- Horace Mann School, New York, NY: Eliot Spitzer
- Kent Denver School, Englewood, CO: Madeline Albright
- Kent School, Kent, CT: Ted Danson
- Lakeside School, Seattle, WA: Bill Gates
- The Madeira School, Mclean, VA: Stockard Channing
- McCallie School, Chatanooga, TN: Ted Turner
- Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA: James Stewart
- Milton Academy, Milton, MA: Edward Kennedy
- Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
- Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Northfield, MA: Natalie...
Teaching children to be tolerant and accepting of people and views which are different from their own is a huge task. It requires teamwork. Parents, administration and teachers set the tone. Nothing will be accomplished without the cooperation of these three groups.
Teaching children to be tolerant means getting involved and setting the right kind of example. Getting involved is not the same as sitting on the sidelines and observing what children are saying and doing. Getting involved means addressing issues of tolerance and diversity in the home and in the classroom.
Decades ago private schools were infamous for being elitist and exclusive. If you were Jewish or if your skin color was something other than white, you probably were not going to be admitted to a private school if you even dared to apply. Fortunately that has changed. Private schools have come to understand their leadership role in creating an inclusive, accepting community of students, teachers, staff and parents. Now the push is on to heighten that understanding of others and how they live with many fine initiatives such as The Institute for Student Leaders sponsored by NAIS. Private schools are proud of their diversity which truly is fact and not just talk.
Until fairly recently you...