The students, from kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade, spend a few minutes in a quieted room, built as a place for worship for the people of God, to say something important. One after the other, boy and girl, a young woman and young man, they use their minds and voices in recitation. Some are too fast, some are awkward, some are accomplished. Every one of them, however, stands as an in-progress work of God. Every one of them is a child loved and prayed over. It’s a living presentation of the most precious things in the lives of our families.
We are witnessing the self-destruction of mathematics instruction in public education. Math and science instruction, long-held up in the public sphere as the solution to all of our educational problems, is being co-opted to be a social justice platform. Having the focus on finding the right answer, showing your work, establishing efficient ways of problem-solving based on centuries of previous instruction….all that is being pulled down as white supremacy. More statues must fall!
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~President Ronald Reagan
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...
What we learn in Aesthetics is that influential architects such as Palladio and Wren believed that there were objective standards of beauty and truth that ultimately derive from God. Buildings should be designed in such a way as to encourage decorum and the betterment of the soul. Architecture for public buildings and spaces should be inspiring, uplifting, and beautiful. There should be balance and harmony. In every area of our culture, our nation will show forth its current belief system, as every other culture has done through history. Our real hope for future, beautiful, civic, and private architecture is raising up architects who love God and will design with objective principles and beauty in mind.
The movement from the freedom of information to the control of information on the Web—has been the story of the past five years. Common threats create strange bedfellows. Socialists, conservatives, nationalists, neoliberals, autocrats, and anti-autocrats may not agree on much, but they all recognize that the tech giants have accumulated far too much power.
Students could choose a project that was a standard science project, a myth buster or an engineering and design project. Each upper school student had to get their project approved by science and math teacher Luke Suhr. This list has been Published in the News Review.
From designing a seawall to creating a vortex cannon to teaching a fish to swim through a hoop, Geneva Academy students thoroughly embraced the scientific process for the biennial science fair.
Many parents want to give their children a "normal" childhood with public school when they're older, meaning football games, dances, and pop culture. If we recognize that "normal" in America's public school now also means "below proficient" education that also indoctrinates children with a disdain for traditional values, for God and the Bible, then please consider anew how valuable your investment in your child's Geneva education is and will be!
If you need to refresh your soul, I suggest you open your Bible and turn to one of the gospels, and listen to Christ, and watch him heal. If you ask the Spirit to bless your reading and to quiet your anxieties, a different world will open up, the real world.
And if you need to refresh your imagination, I suggest you pick up one of the Narnia books on your son or daughter’s bookshelf, sit down, and while the rain is coming down let your mind be transported to the land of Aslan and Cair Paravel. (Read it aloud to your children!)
Geneva parents, it is very important that you train up your children in the Lord, and that your sons and daughters know Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, and the single Source of all three.
We've had a vibrant & productive school year thus far... Our families are healthy & our God is Sovereign! We canceled our much-beloved Christmas Soiree due to restrictions, but our students learned the Christmas Canon from Choir Directors Mrs. Allison Harmon & Miss Cynthia Turner, so we thought it would be nice to share some smiling faces & joyful voices on Christmas Day!
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
We want to craft the character of our community in a way that draws people to the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of Christ, in contrast to evil ugliness of the world and its so-called “Noble Lies” told over and over again until the people actually believe them. Christmas is when we remember when Christ, the light of the world, came into the darkness.
“The magnificent mystery and paradoxical beauty of the ‘already and not yet,’” as Dr. Kester might say. The Advent of our Savior into this broken world marks the change for humanity’s destiny. The hope of what’s yet to come is presently in our heart—The Holy Spirit. The war is decided. The end is sealed. And as we wait, as we groan, praying for the end of certain seasons… an end to Covid, an end to political drama, an end to the three weeks leading up to Christmas; let us find present rest and joy in the already. The Eternal Already, who is Christ our King.
The Black Lives Matter organization was started by three Marxist women devoted to the overthrow of white systems of power. It began with the 2013 protests over the acquittal of Officer George Zimmerman of the charge of murdering Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter is a popular movement, but is fueled by Critical Race Theory and all of the ideas written about above. This is why, when people say, “Police Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter,” BLM activists would say those assertions, even if meant well or said by non-whites, just reinforce white hegemony and systemic oppression.
Critical Race Theory. It has rooted itself in colleges, public education, mass media, Hollywood, and politicians of both parties. It is making inroads in the church, and it is affecting your life right now, even if you are not aware of it. We want secondary students to learn about it and wrestle with its claims and observations. We want students to address the arguments with the Scriptures, and grow in their faith thereby.
Critical Theory is shaping public discourse and has taken over the universities and public education systems. It guides Hollywood entertainment and mass media. It is the system of thought behind Black Lives Matter and the current teaching of U.S. history to American children. This is exactly the kind of discussion we prepare your children to have in their high school years. These kinds of topics intertwine history, economics, the Scriptures, and politics. This is affecting our nation right now! Being informed is wise, for we may thereby be better parents and witnesses of the gospel.
The Protestant Reformation sought not innovation, but restoration. Every year at Geneva we observe the anniversary of Martin Luther’s public questioning of certain church practices. Luther’s 95 Theses, posted on the cathedral door October 31st, 1517, were reprinted rapidly with the new, moveable-type printing presses, and the writings of the somewhat obscure monk enflamed Europe. Reformation pastors emphasized what’s known as the five Solas: sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), soli Deo Gloria (glory of God alone), and sola scriptura (scripture alone). Salvation is not something we must or even can earn, it is by grace alone, through faith alone. Christ’s work alone is sufficient to meet our spiritual needs, and we do not share in His glory. We must rely on the Scriptures alone to be our guide, for men err.
Are we quick to leave our promises to God, are we intent on our own pleasure, do we seek the approval of others so as to indulge ourselves less encumbered by guilt? As leaders, are we strong and loving enough to hold fast to truth, even if other leaders back away in fear or uncertainty? Are we willing to shut down the party? As a people, are we forgetting Who got us here, Who gave us our laws and freedoms and churches? Are we willingly believing lies?
I learned of Critical Race Theory last week and Intersectionalism, both trendy worldviews coming out of Marxism that the political left has embraced and has actively been teaching the nation’s youth. A core belief is that our country was born of oppression, that we got where we are by the hegemony of privileged groups, most notably white, native-born, heterosexual, Christian men. The children of Israel willfully set aside all they had seen, all they knew, the Holy One Himself, and embraced a ridiculous “religion” that satisfied their own lusts. Are we not there?
Our eternal standing with God is secure through His Son, will hopefully overshadow our current headlines and anxieties. May we walk with Him!
Who is going to lead us forward in the years to come, and how will they be prepared? How will they be trained? For my part, I’m hoping that our most powerful and persuasive leaders will be mature Christians with a thought-out worldview, and trained to recognize truth, goodness, and beauty, who know their history and everyone else’s, who reason wisely and sing loudly.
During the 1990s, families in about 100 communities across the United States started classical Christian schools with the hope of offering an education that would assist parents in raising their children in the paideia of the Lord. The question almost thirty years later is: “To what extent have the goals of classical Christian education been realized?” To that end, the ACCS commissioned a study by the University of Notre Dame’s Sociology Department.
In humility, we are aiming to teach your children knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
Public school. Private school. Online school. Homeschool. What are the pros and cons of these options? And how do we decide on the right option for our kids?
The point of studying history is not dates, names, and facts... it's drinking the wisdom of the dead. It's recognizing that the same trends of human behavior run through our veins. We must remain vigilant, especially when we see old trends sprouting new limbs. And lastly, while history is wisdom, it's not a savior--that title belongs to Christ.
If we want the prominent members of our communities to express truth, beauty, and goodness in businesses, city halls, homes, and churches, we have to educate them accordingly! That’s what we’re doing at Geneva. We are confident about starting the new school year on time and prepared, without alteration of our regular schedule. Our final plans are due to the school district on August 15.
The Geneva Academy board of directors issued a brief statement this month. Back to school plans are pending. If you're interested in learning more about our plans for Fall 2020, please send us an inquiry or request a campus visit (same form, slightly shorter).
When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.
The purpose of Geneva Academy Classical Preschool is to provide a high-quality early childhood experience for your child in a safe, joyful, and exciting environment where children develop and grow using fun and developmentally-appropriate curriculum. We strive to prepare your child for the formal learning classroom they will encounter in Kindergarten.
"Capital is accumulated effort and innovation, the sum of human achievement and imagination. Its creation is the aim of civilization. But civilization is everywhere and at all times vulnerable to the darkest human impulses. Government exists to rein in those impulses so that individual initiative can flourish. America’s Founders, schooled in a profound philosophical and literary tradition dating back to classical antiquity, understood the fragility of civil peace and the danger of the lustful, vengeful mob."
Our present leaders, the products of a politicized and failing education system, seem to know nothing of those truths. Pulling the country back from the abyss will require a recalling of our civilizational inheritance.
Meet Mrs. Winder, our new K4 Classical Preschool teacher!
Join other Geneva students for 5-Weeks of Art Club with Mrs. Kirkman! Please pre-register your children here!
Summer Tutoring with Geneva Teachers is available for students this summer! Children do not need to be enrolled at the Academy.
Contact the following teachers directly to discuss possibilities. Not sure who would be a good fit? Send an email with a CC and our friendly teachers will help you choose a good fit for your child!
Geneva’s plan for the summer and the start of the school year is the following...
How would you want your 17/18 year old child to approach our current circumstances brought about by COVID-19? We are about to witness two young ladies persevere in circumstances beyond their control. WHY? Because THEIR PARENT CHOSE to partner with Geneva Academy, growing pains and all, and because the FACULTY is committed to providing EVERY SINGLE MISSION-DRIVEN PROMISE our school board expects them to deliver!
Even as many of their peers at other schools are now finished with their as of the Governor's announcement on April 8, Mr. Turner said, "These seniors know how valuable this hard work is and it will pay off in the years ahead." Geneva families, think about this: HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR OWN CHILDREN TO APPROACH AND RESPOND TO THIS KIND OF ADVERSITY? Witnessing Kaitlyn & Heidi finishing strong is a FRUIT of all that has been sown into Geneva Academy students by first, their PARENTS, and secondly, our teachers.
Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.
Helpful tips on creating a dedicated space for your child's remote learning environment at home.
Counselor Keith McCurdy shares his top five tips for thriving – not just surviving – during our new reality of being together 24/7. Redeem the time! Find out how on BaseCamp Live's podcast episode! Your family will be stronger for it!
When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?
Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.
Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.
You can give the most lovely Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.
With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can give back in ways that meet the unique needs of your community and are fulfilling to everyone you encounter.
On November 30, support your local businesses and discover hidden gems in your town.
Cooking up a homemade meal can be nourishing for the mind, body and soul. Read on to discover how cooking makes people happier and more connected.
November is a wonderful time to recognize your blessings and give thanks for them.
For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and help spread the holiday cheer this season.
If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.