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Portrait of a Father: Teaching Character As Washington Was Taught

Reading Time: 7 minutes   The American family has certainly changed since the founding of our Nation. In colonial families, the father served as the head of the family, providing for his family and raising his children to be disciplined and productive. He set the standard of behavior, both in religion and socially. The colonial father would train his […]

Noah, The Quarantine, and The True Ark of Salvation

April 8, 2020

Reading Time: 5 minutes   Recently, a striking image has circulated Facebook. It is a depiction of Noah’s Ark being tossed by the waves in a storm with the statement “first quarantined family.” If you know the biblical account of Noah’s Ark, then you will know that Noah and his family, eight people total, were chosen by God to […]

The Influence of the Mother

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Does not the influence of woman rest upon every member of her household, like dew upon the tender herb, or the sunbeam silently educating the young flower? Or as the shower and the sleepless stream, cheer and invigorate the proudest tree of the forest?” – L.H. Sigourney, Letters to Young Ladies, 1836 One cannot deny […]

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The Principle of Individuality . . . a Perspective Necessary for Liberty

Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, Dayspring Christian Academy’s Upper School students performed Learner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Based on Pygmalion, a work of George Bernard Shaw, the main character, Eliza, makes the following observation to her friend, Colonel Pickering: “You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up (the dressing and the proper way […]

Has Google Made Memorization Obsolete?

Reading Time: 4 minutes The art of memorization is a long-standing tradition at Dayspring Christian Academy. From Kindergarten to Senior year the memorization of poetry, the Mayflower Compact, the preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the Apostles Creed (in English and Latin), monthly scripture passages (in English, Latin, and Spanish), the Greek Alphabet, student orations, and more, is […]

Curbing Entitlement

October 19, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Facebook is fond of posting nostalgic flashbacks from my generation. Low res pics of kids on bikes with banana seats and sissy bars (look it up) are profiled along with reminiscences of helmetless bike rides, seatbeltless car trips, drinking from water hoses, and playing until the street lights came on. I resonate with those posts […]

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