"How" I Go to School
by Wayne (Silouan) Brown
Students who take online courses have probably all heard those dreaded words uttered by a friend, concerned relative, or that friendly and curious stranger who has just popped the infamous question: “So, where do you go to school?” Inside, you’re probably screaming, “It’s not a matter of where, it’s a matter of how!” (Or perhaps you’re silently correcting their improper usage of “so.”) Alas, you must first explain that, yes, you do have an “actual” teacher, “actual” classmates and that you don’t (usually!) take classes from the comfort of your bed. Online classical education is a new creature that has only recently sprung onto the scene, but its effects are greater, perhaps, than even those who created it could have imagined. The combination of a timeless classical education and a 21st century savvy online format is one that not only serves us as future university students, but also serves the men and women we will become. The men and women who will be striving to lead lives rooted in timeless values while working and living in a technological society that is evolving by the nanosecond.
Short Story Contest
This month we’re having a short story competition. Please complete the story using the story starters below. (We provide one for grammar students and one for secondary.). Grammar school entries should be 200–500 words. Secondary school entries should be 800–1000 words. All entries must include student name, grade, parents' name, e-mail address, phone number, city and state. Format must be Word Doc. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be received by 5:00 EST on February 15, 2014. Judging will be based on these age groups:
Diary of the Red Pen
In our online Composition 1 course, students refer to the Red Pen of correction and the Green Pen of encouragement when they edit each others’ work. Levi chose to write his creative writing piece from the perspective of the Red Pen. He is in tenth grade at VPSA, and enjoys drawing, baseball and music.
November 17th, 2013
Why do I have to be me? I just feel like everyone hates me. I'm always being negative and leaving marks everywhere. I'm not really like that though. At heart I'm really a nice guy, but nobody sees that! I've been jinxed I guess... It's just how those people use me; those kids in Composition, Section J.
FREE Audio Gift
Click HERE to download our free MP3 audio file titled 'Purposes, Goals and the Godly Child' by Marlin Detweiler.
In this encouraging and thought-provoking presentation, delivered at a recent ACCS conference, Marlin Detweiler helps the audience develop a vision for educating their children by painting a picture of what it looks like when the nest begins to empty. Make certain you are converting your good intentions into successful outcomes and adjust for the God-given differences between boys and girls. (29 minutes)
Q. I’m struggling to complete all of the subjects for my grammar school student in one day. How thorough do I have to be?
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