It has been a blessing beyond words to have come on board at ACA. Over the past year, I have been able to witness first-hand the value and success of a properly executed classical education. ACA proudly partners with parents in the educational process and leadership training of their student. Our goal is not just to teach students the required subjects to graduate but to teach them how to be lifelong learners. As Dorothy Sayers stated in the Lost Tools of Learning, “Although we often succeed in teaching our pupils ‘subjects’, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think. They learn everything except the art of learning…The whole of the Trivium was, in fact, intended to teach the pupil the proper use of the tools of learning.”
One of the unique aspects of the ACA School of Dialectic is that it has its own Principal, and that is where I enter the equation. The School of Dialectic encompasses 6th through 8th grade and that time in a student’s life is one of the biggest transitions they will face. They go from child to young adult during this time, some sooner than others. And with this being a big transition time period for these students there can be a larger amount of character/discipline issues that occur. This is not to say that we are overrun with these problems, but simply that the frequency is higher among this age group. Those in leadership at ACA felt that the School of Dialectic needed someone dedicated to dealing with these issues when they appear, along with strong effective communication with parents, setting a positive tone, encouraging leadership and fostering a unique School of Dialectic identity.
It is the goal at ACA to partner with parents in the education and leadership training of their student. I believe my many years as a teacher and also my law enforcement background give me the tools I need to fulfill this role. I am blessed to be a part of what is happening at ACA.
Principal, School of Dialectic