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.
This episode of HeightsCast continues last episode's interview with Jackson Scholars' head, Dr. Matthew Mehan, on the Liberal Arts. We use the term almost daily, but what does it mean? And what does it mean for us? Also, we hear two of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poems, one recited and explained by lower school teacher Mr. Tom Longano, and another sung as an arrangement composed by music teacher Mr. Patrick Love.