Taking young minds seriously

P.O. Box 982
115 Victory Place
Marietta, Ohio 45750
(740) 885-2033

September 11, 2014
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The Birth of the Constitution

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Kevin Ritter

September 16
7-8pm @ Veritas
A free event

September 11
A Day of Remembrance
Today we remember the sights and sounds of one of America's most terrible tragedies.  Let us also remember the lives lost, the heroes, and the mourners as we continue to pray for healing and strength.
September 23
School Pictures

September 17
Constitution Day
Francis Scott Key
September 14 marks the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key.

Key was an attorney and poet who wrote the anthem while witnessing the British attack on Fr. McHenry during the War of 1812. The fort withstood a day-long attack, inspiring Key to write the poem which became known as "Defence of Fort M'Henry." The poem was later set to the tune of a drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven" and later came to be called The Star Spangled Banner. The song was officially adopted as our national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931.

What does Francis Scott Key share in common with our Headmaster?
The Chess Club is in full swing.  Yesterday, students learned about "en passant," an oft-forgotten rule for capturing pawns. The rule was developed between 1200 and 1600 when pawns were first allowed to move two spaces in their first play.
"In God's name, I beg of you to think."

Welcome to Veritas Classical Academy! Our mission is to develop the academic potential and personal character of each student through an academically rich educational experience.

 Is Your Child a Business Commodity?

Recently, the vice president of public policy and economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce was quoted by WOSU Public Media as saying, "The business community is the consumer of the educational product.  Students are the educational product. They are going through the education system so that they can be an attractive product for business to consume and hire as a workforce in the future."  The quote is indicative of what many in business and in the education hierarchies view as the purpose of education - the production of cogs in the economic wheel.

This view dehumanizes children into objects valuable principally for their workforce capacity.  (What happens if the child, i.e. "the product," is not "fit" for the workforce?)  Rather than acknowledge a child's intrinsic human worth, these business leaders and their counterparts in education tout education as a mere training program for economic progress.  A cursory search of the many school programs aimed at career development beginning as early as Kindergarten shows our increasing obsession with this idea.

Certainly, it is imperative that a child grow up to become a productive and contributing member of society, but is that the reason he attends school?  And how does he contribute to a healthy society if his mind is principally focused on career training? We don't read Little Red Riding Hood to a preschooler in preparation for a career in forestry, we do so because there is a life lesson to be learned. We listen to Mozart to gain an appreciation for the beauty of music, not because it has a pecuniary benefit.  We study astronomy to understand the heavens, not because a child is slated to become an astrophysicist.  Classical education exposes children to the world around them so they can broaden their horizons, deepen their appreciation for all facets of knowledge, and be conversant in any topic.

By recognizing the value of acquiring knowledge for its own sake, classical schools are preparing children for adulthood. As adults they can then make mature decisions about their career paths having at their disposal a breadth of knowledge about the world around them. How much more is the benefit to the commonwealth if its "workforce" is not only skilled in their careers but also possesses an education that exercises and stretches the mind?  

Parents at Veritas may rest assured that we do not view your child as a "product for business to consume" nor do we view education as merely a means to an economic end.   

Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Fables, Oh My!
Pre-K and Kindergarten students this week begin a journey through a series of wonderful tales, including The Little Red Hen, Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and selections from Aesop's Fables. Through these works of literature, our youngest students will learn such lessons as honesty, service, compassion, temperance, and hard work. 

The class has also tackled the maps of North and South America, the music of Mozart, the art of Van Gogh, ordinal numbers and shapes, and plants and seeds,  Special thanks to our resident artist, Mrs. R. for her special art class on Fridays and to Mrs. C, who has been teaching the students Mozart's Die Zauberfl�te (The Magic Flute.) 
Junior DaVincis

Our 3rd and 4th grade students have been studying the marvelous works of artist, scientist, and inventor, Leonardo DaVinci. This astronomical clock was one of DaVinci's many clock designs.  While he did not invent the clock, he perfected a more accurate clock. Davinci also improved the anemometer, invented an armored car, a robotic knight, and scuba gear.  He is also credited with conceiving the idea for a parachute.  His description of the parachute reads, "If a man have a tent made of linen of which the apertures have all been stopped up, and it be twelve braccia (about 23 feet) across and twelve in depth, he will be able to throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury."

Although the students are not experimenting with parachute inventions, they are taking apart clocks to study how the gears work, and then sketching their observations.

In Mathematics, Mrs. Rehl continues to drill the students on their math facts.  She absolutely insists on mastery, and the students are quickly improving their skills.  They have shed the summer languor and are beginning to complete their 100-question math tests accurately in under 3 minutes, Good job students!
Accepting Transfers and New Applicants for 2015-2016 

Veritas is accepting transfer students. Tuition for transfer students will be pro-rated.  Please call the office for more information.

We have begun receiving inquiries about enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year.  We are now accepting applications for 2015-2016. Applications are available on our website.

We are not yet accepting applications for 2016-2017, but we encourage you to come for a tour of the school this year in preparation for applying in the fall of 2015.

Thank you again for your interest in our school.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private meeting.
Kevin & Khadine Ritter (740) 629-7467
Austin & Wendy Rehl (740) 710-9045
Naresh & Melissa Nayak (740) 516-1784