Classes are conducted in a discussion mode rather than strictly lecture (hence “dialectic”). Teachers in this school constantly ask their students to discover why an event occurred rather than just what occurred.
Designed to satisfy natural curiosity
The junior-high years are typically marked with an attitude that questions the institutions, standards, and beliefs that had been so fully and easily accepted as true in earlier years. Rather than squelch these tendencies, Augustine Christian Academy satisfies the natural curiosity behind the questioning while training the young person to keep proper attitudes towards God-ordained authority.
Trained in traditional logic
The students are trained in traditional logic through courses which help them to understand the structure of valid arguments and the importance of God’s word as a universal standard of truth.
Primary sources of information
Single textbooks are rarely used in a dialectic classroom. Rather, the student is encouraged to study primary sources whenever possible and to compare these sources in a search for truth.
Ideas have consequences
Dialectic students are taught that “ideas have consequences.” Everything they study, from the political structure of Rome to the events described in today’s newspaper, reflects the values and ideas of the time period. Sorting through these concepts and comparing them to the revealed truth of God grants students a secure vision of their place and purpose in history.