This week on HeightsCast, we listen to the second part of Mr. Alvaro de Vicente's lecture on Moral Imagination.
Boys develop a world view and paradigm that informs much of how they see themselves and their obligations to the world around them. This view informs not only their macro view, but also their smaller interactions with day to day situations. What is this view, or moral imagination, why does it matter, and how do we shape it for the good?
Prof. Eddie Smith, former Heights faculty and long time history teacher at American University, shares a few moments with us on Frederick Douglass to prepare listeners for Saturday night's Heights Lecture. Who was Frederick Douglass and how did he, a liberated slave, so dramatically change the course of American history? Enjoy this HeightsCast recorded in Hoban's Pub in Washington D.C.
Athletics are many a boy's first love. So many of our own students are passionate for sport--a transformative conglomeration of play and work, melded into one sweaty contest against others and the self. Indeed, our School has helped produce numerous Division I, II, and III athletes over the years. That said, the Washington D.C. area is leading the charge towards the continued professionalization of youth sports. Overuse injuries, club-team culture, and parental over-involvement can backfire on your attempts to instill good character in your athlete. Mr. Alex Berthe, a coach, parent, advisor, and former D-I Ivy League soccer player, shares his insights on the challenges of early specialization for love of the game.
This week's HeightsCast features Mr. Tom Cox, one of the engineers of the Heights Core Humanities Sequence, who discusses the capstone 7th grade course. Our 7th graders tackle Latin and English simultaneously. How? Why? Listen in to find out. At The Heights, diagraming a sentence in two separate languages can lead to clarity of thought and the good moral life.
Longtime Heights teacher, Mr. Gerard Babendreier, joins us in the studio to discuss the benefits to students of studying History and Literature together, specifically within the context of the Freshman Core Class. Hear how this segment of the Heights Core Humanities Sequence helps students “learn how to learn,” by taking them on a journey from Ancient Rome through Napoleon, using both literature and history as their vehicle. To know where you are going, you have to know where you began; see how the Freshman Core continues this exploration for our students.
A Liberal Arts education empowers citizens to make rational decisions about complex issues with reference to, among other things, our history. While we, as a nation, grapple with issues of national identity and citizenship, we would be remiss to ignore the experience of our ancestors, the Romans. Join Dr. Yaceczko as he explores Roman notions of nationality, citizenship, and borders, and, subsequently, how Christianity affected the literary tradition--and common ethos--of the Roman Empire.
Mr. Joe Cardenas applies his years of experience in advisory to the tricky subject of devices. As with many things, the best way to teach good values, is to practice them ourselves.
Dr. Mehan looks at whether this novel is a true image of apostasy and of Christian martyrdom.
This week on HeightsCast, we listen to an excerpt from Tom Cox's Heights Lecture on the virtues exhibited by Samwise Gamgee from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and how the study of this stouthearted hobbit is important in the formation of a middle school student.
The well intentioned gift of electronics carries it sometimes unconsidered risks. Headmaster Alvaro de Vicente brings these out into the open, highlighting the ways that smart phones, tablets, and other devices can counteract our mission of forming strong-willed men.
Though we hear Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, we miss an opportunity to grow with our children when we bypass Advent. Hear Mr. Tom Steenson discuss how we, as parents and teachers, can live the liturgical season of Advent in a way that truly prepares us for December 25th.
Join two Freshman Core teachers, Gerard Babendreier and Joe Cardenas, for a discussion about how high schoolers should approach their study. To simply call this homework is an unfortunate oversimplification.
We are a Liberal Arts School. What does that mean for our students, and what does that mean for our teachers? Hear Mr. de Vicente at the Open House, and Mr. Tom Longano at the recent Heights Lecture address these important questions.
Andy Reed (Middle School Head) and Colin Gleason (Lower School Head) talk about the purpose of homework, and then delve into the issue of online assignments. The Heights provides planners to students, but asks them to be the owners of their homework. Listen in to hear why.
Dr. Yaceczko and Mr. Breslin discuss how we, as parents and teachers, can guide our boys through the ever expanding realm of modern children's literature-- some of it great, some of it fine, some of it pernicious.
Mr. Jeff Thompson speaks about his experience as a religions teacher preparing boys for confirmation. Too often we get mired down in facts, which is especially unfortunate in the world of religious formation. Mr. Thompson encourages us to life our eyes to a higher goal. Also in this episode, an excerpt from Mr. de Vicente's talk on the Moral Imagination--how to shape it, protect it, and nurture it.
The science behind the importance of green time.
Direct and indirect ways to promote the life of the mind at home.
Does your son know that you believe in him? Andy Reed on the power of optimism.
This week on HeightsCast, we are joined by twelfth grade AP English teacher, Mr. Michael Ortiz, who talks about the books he reads with his students. Also featured in this week's poetry segment is Mr. John Paul Lechner, who analyzes a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
In this episode of HeightsCast, Headmaster of The Heights School, Alvaro de Vicente talks about his recent letter to parents on the culture of the home. Also, a poem by Richard Wilbur recited and analyzed by drama teacher, Mr. Joseph Bissex.