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Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences
In 1999 the A&E cable network broadcast a list of “The 100 Most Influential People of the Past 1000 Years,” selected by a “Blue Ribbon Panel.” Some of the names on the bottom half of the list were rather silly: Princess Diana, the Beatles, Elvis Presley (who was ranked just ahead of Joan of Arc), but the top ten names represent a consensus on what has mattered most to us over the last 500 years. Here they are in reverse order: 10. Galileo 9. Copernicus. 8. Einstein 7. Karl...Read more
Remarks at the “We are Harrisonburg” Event
- Posted Sep 17, 2012
- In the Community
Remarks delivered by Brian Augustine, Board Chair, at the "We are Harrisonburg" event on Sunday, September 16th,
On behalf of Redeemer Classical School, I would like to thank Kai Degner and the Islamic Center of the Shenandoah Valley for organizing the “We Are Harrisonburg Gathering” and including Redeemer Classical School in this event. I also would like to thank everyone who has expressed their support of both the Islamic Center and Redeemer over the past few days, and...Read more
Why is the Griffin our Mascot?
- Posted May 15, 2012
- Bill Leach, Founding Board Member and RCS Parent
- Why Do We?
The Griffin has a colorful and ancient history as an icon and symbol- a mythical creature with the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. In its body, the griffin is blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion.
In symbolism, the griffin combines the qualities of both the lion and the eagle. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord...Read more
Why Do We Study Grammar?
- Posted May 01, 2012
- Mrs. Fowler
- Why Do We?
Webster’s defines grammar as “the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed.” Grammar is examining how the ordering of our words conveys meaning. When a child learns to speak his first words and to put those words together, he is using grammatical rules. In school we are asking children to examine the rules which they to some degree have already internalized. For example, they use nouns with great effectiveness; we are simply teaching them to identify...Read more
Why We Use Handbells at RCS
- Posted Apr 16, 2012
- Mrs. Wissinger
- Why Do We?
The English Handbell is an instrument like no other - while each handbell is rung by an individual, our total instrument consists of 37 bells and requires a "team effort" and lots of supporting equipment to produce cohesive music. Why do we use this unusual instrument in music classes at RCS?
Handbells provide an instant, tactile experience in music literacy. The students feel the rhythms, say the rhythms, see the rhythms, practice the rhythms and PLAY the rhythms - first...Read more