The Portrait of a Classical School
by Brian G. Daigle
Image and likeness, imitation and mimesis, are important enough concepts within philosophy and theology. And they have become important concepts in the renewal of classical Christian education. Such is the case that most schools have created a "portrait of a graduate" to ensure there is an ideal to which the education aims, a standard image which allows administrators and board members to make decisions regarding curricula, pedagogy, school culture, classroom decor, and senior thesis requirements. But what is the larger picture to which that student portrait belongs? What about the portrait of a board? The portrait of a head of school? The portrait of a parent? All these together, if we zoomed away from each, would end up being side by side in a kind of family portrait, each student or parent or classroom merely a detail of the whole. Let us then take each on its own, and together consider The Portrait of a Classical School.
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The Portrait of a Board: Generals, Philanthropists, and Counsel
The Portrait of a Head of School: Scholar, Shepherd, CEO
The Portrait of a Teacher: Jesus, Socrates, and Chesterton
The Portrait of a Student: Students as Seeds
The Portrait of a Student: Students as Soil
The Portrait of a Graduate: With the End in Mind
The Portrait of a Parent: Parents as Givers
The Portrait of a Parent: Seven Keys to Healthy Parent Organizations
The Portrait of a Parent: Parents as Life-Long Learners
The Portrait on the Wall: Classical and Christian Aesthetics
The Portrait of a Class: The Idea of Protocol
The Portrait of a Class: The Practice of Protocol
The Portrait of the Future: Fundraising, Vision, and Influence
The Portrait of the Pillars: Support and Constituents
The Portrait of a Church: Fountainhead and Fruit
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