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Aristotle and Descartes on Community
  • Community
  • Philosophy
David Gilbert

I once heard a critique of Descartes: Descartes’ method ignores a fundamental human impulse to community, and so, must not be the best way to knowledge. Why did Descartes presume to seek knowledge in isolation? Why did he suppose that, divorced from others, his method would be the most reliable foundation for knowledge?

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Scripture and Art
  • Art
  • Beauty
  • Education
  • Formation
Melissa Klotz

The goal in Art classes at TSCS is to seek beauty and excellence through artistic endeavors while upholding the Christian truth that God is the Divine Creator, for as stated in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He made everything beautiful in its time.”

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The Sheep and the Shepherd
Chekube Mokolo

Most days, my Kindergarten students enjoy some outdoor free play following our P.E. class activities and exercises. A few weeks ago, this free play was taking place near Bragdon Wood, our mini forest on campus. My students had spread out across the area, which also happens to be near our sheep pen. Some climbed trees while other explored the fields in imaginative play. A few students visited our sheep, Lara and Luna, and I followed along.

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Fairy Houses, Sandboxes, and Freedom
  • Community
  • Play
Sophie Seehausen

When people learn that students of The Saint Constantine School are allowed a generous measure of free play, with newborns through Upper School Seniors out together in field and garden, I wonder whether they imagine a Lord of the Flies scenario emerging. But from my vantage point, standing by the TSCS sandbox four days a week for the past year, most days are Swallows and Amazons.

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Cultivating Intellectual Resilience: Or, why you should read *that* book
  • Curriculum
  • Formation
  • Literature
Nathan Mueller

Many of our texts are hard. And I do not mean merely in the sense that they might be dense or involve hard to grasp philosophical, theological, or mathematical truths—although they are hard for those reasons as well. No, I mean they are hard in the way that looking in a mirror can be hard. To see an honest reflection of oneself, well, can be uncomfortable.  

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God's Faithful Witness in the Skies
  • Nature
  • Prayer
  • Theology
Zach Harris

Two weeks passed, and—alas, rain! Dark rainclouds filled the morning skies. What was I to say to the students who had gathered for Morning Prayer indoors? The Moon was up above the clouds somewhere, but, even if we were outside, we could not see here through the clouds. Thoughts and conviction formed in my heart and mind.

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Infants, Toddlers, and The One Thing Needful
  • Community
  • Formation
Mother Barbara Watts

Through sharing our activities, we build community as we spend time exploring the great outdoors (in rain and shine!) with the multitude of students who come bringing smiles and songs, who offer to comfort and hold.  Through the mindset of prayer, the nursery staff come offering joy, safety, and variety as their one thing needful.

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