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HeightsCast: Forming Men Fully Alive

Welcome to HeightsCast, the official podcast of The Heights School! Every other week, we feature interviews with teachers and educators here at The Heights School and elsewhere, on the education and formation of the type of man you’d want your daughter to marry. Our hope is that through this medium we can enlighten, inspire, and reassure the parents and friends of The Heights community, and parents and educators throughout the world. Join us!
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Apr 11, 2017

This week on HeightsCast, we listen to the second part of Mr. Alvaro de Vicente's lecture on Moral Imagination.

Apr 6, 2017

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?

Mar 29, 2017

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.

Mar 21, 2017

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.

Mar 9, 2017

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.

Feb 27, 2017

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.

Feb 21, 2017

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.

Feb 9, 2017

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.

Jan 26, 2017

Dr. Mehan looks at whether this novel is a true image of apostasy and of Christian martyrdom.

Dec 22, 2016

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.

Dec 14, 2016
Seneca's writing and wisdom are not outdated.  In fact, they are relevant and helpful now more than ever.  Dr. Matt Mehan explores two of Seneca's Epistles dealing with good use of time and the imprudence of fearing an unknown future.  The liberal arts are not just abstract and ethereal; they are thoroughly practical, as we see here in no uncertain terms.  Seneca is for our boys and for us--a great read for the Christmas vacation.
 
Seneca's Epistle I
 
Seneca's Epistle 13
Dec 8, 2016

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.

Dec 1, 2016

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.

Nov 17, 2016

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.

Nov 3, 2016

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.

Oct 25, 2016

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. 

Oct 15, 2016

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.

Sep 27, 2016

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.

Aug 31, 2016
In this episode, Mr. de Vicente:
  • Introduces two new resources to be launched on September 7, our first day of School:  Heights Book Review and The Forum.  Stay tuned for details.
  • Introduces the topic of his 2016 Heights Lecture Series presentation:  The Moral Imagination.  For more information, click here.
  • Discusses the three prerequisites for a healthy young-adult relationship:  Good Intentions, Other-Centric Worldview, Self-Mastery.
  • Discuses the three requisites for a healthy relationship:  Rules, Communication, Accountability.
To learn more, or to hear Mr. de Vicente's talk on Transmitting Principles of Morality, click here.
May 31, 2016

The science behind the importance of green time.

May 16, 2016

Direct and indirect ways to promote the life of the mind at home.

Apr 19, 2016

Does your son know that you believe in him? Andy Reed on the power of optimism.

Feb 15, 2016

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.

Jan 18, 2016

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.

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