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Thank you for seeking out additional information about MCA. Let’s briefly explore the three pillars that comprise the philosophy and methodology of our school: classical, Christian, education.
For many, this term conjures up images of ivy-laced brick walls, where inside children of the wealthy elite read Greek philosophy, listen to Beethoven and Bach, and learn the proper way to play Cricket. Certainly this definition may apply in the tradition of Greek classical education. There are also schools that focus on the medieval period which is known as medieval classical. The Greeks and medieval Europeans are studied and emulated at many private schools around the country for their great intellectuals, fascinating culture, and many contributions to modern society. No known educational legacy in western culture however, has a longer history than the Hebrew or Biblical/classical tradition.
MCA is a Biblical/classical school who traces its roots to this historic Biblical heritage. History has shown that the Biblical/classical model came to a height of glory during the colonial times in America. This particular form of Biblical/classical education was the preeminent form of education that forged a new nation over 230 years ago. Thomas Jefferson said that all that was available to colonial Americans was the Bible, a well-stocked library, and a great mentor. That combination alone was quite enough to create an amazingly well-educated population, launch a revolution founded on the principles of biblical freedom, and bring to fruition the world’s first Christian republic. It is from this Biblical/classical educational tradition that MCA draws its inspiration and form.
To many classical schools like ours, the term “Christian” takes on a different meaning than one might find in traditional Christian schools. Here, the Bible is read more than just once per day during Bible class. Every class, even math and English, begin with a relevant Bible verse, a Biblical principle, or reference. The result is students who begin seeing life through the lens of Christianity. The type of education a person receives shapes their thinking. Many of us, who are products of a secular, public education, have found that our education produced something within us; namely, secular, categorical thinking. I was taught for over 17 years with secular curricula that did not seem to connect from one subject to the next. There was no unifying theme among say, algebra and history, or English and art. Worse, I seldom found a connection from one chapter in the text book to the next. We learned the material, tested, and moved on. Retrospectively, I sense that my education turned out to be a meandering stream of disconnected facts. I was thankful that upon high school graduation I was not asked what I had learned. I really couldn’t say.
Classical, Christian schools like MCA have a particular unifying thread that binds all of the subjects together, and ties each subject to itself. That theme is God. Mathematicians marvel at the mathematical formulas found throughout creation. Consider the formula for the spiral. From the shape of the universe, to many galaxies, to the seashell, this design is the most common shape in the universe, and there is a formula that identifies this design. Math’s unifying theme is God. Scientists throughout history have come to a deeper faith in God through their studies. Johannes Kepler, the great scientist said, ‘The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God.” Science has a unifying theme, God. History is the story of God’s plan of redemption played out over time. History has a unifying theme, God. Geography is the stage on which the great drama of life is played out. Geography has God as the unifying theme. All subjects tell us more about the nature of our Creator. This type of thoroughly Christian education produces students who think in a Christian way, and have a unified understanding of their education. This is what we mean at MCA by the term Christian education.
Since at MCA we focus on character, we are able to provide an education that prepares students for leadership. Not one of us wants our child to be a follower. We want them to be able to stand firm against the pressure of peers, and eventually the culture in which they live and lead. The following educational objectives have historically produced leadership qualities in children. We anticipate an education at MCA to produce the following:
I. A reliance upon God’s word
We want our students to gain a “Bible first” mentality when they are asked to solve problems. Students who are in the Bible daily begin seeing its usefulness and reliability for living.
II. The expression of wisdom
Leadership must begin with biblical wisdom. Every type of knowledge is subordinate to the wisdom that alone comes from the Bible.
III. An appreciation for language
Words are powerful. Through frequent word studies, students will gain knowledge in a formal approach to researching a word and demonstrate mastery over the English language. Students at MCA will also learn Spanish and Latin. Leaders appreciate the power of language, its uses and subtleties.
IV. A love of history
Students here will gain an understanding of their own place in God’s Great Conversation with man as they study history. As they read the great classics from history, they will also have available to them a host of heroes who demonstrated extraordinary leadership. Great leaders have always studied great leaders.
V. An admiration for beauty
Our children will learn to appreciate the beauty inherent in God’s Creation through art, music, and drama. Expressing oneself creatively in a loving environment leads to confidence. Great leaders are confident in who they are. Our fine arts programs are designed to instill humble confidence in our students.
VI. The art of reason
Students will be challenged routinely to apply reason and logic to solve problems in every discipline. Each subject at MCA is seen as a microcosm of life. By applying the skills of reason, each student will be learning how to think through a great many of life’s challenges.
VII. The desire to serve
Knowledge apart from service is not leadership. Real leadership requires leading by example, and that example is set through service. Jesus, the leader of a worldwide revolution, led through simple acts of service; serving others is an integral part of the education offered at MCA.
Our prayer is that our students are being daily prepared for leadership. And in this process, they will come to know that Jesus Christ modeled in perfectly.
If you’d like more information about the classical, Christian approach to education offered at MCA, please call (217) 762-3544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to come by the school at any time for a tour of our wonderful campus in the heart of historic, downtown Monticello.
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