Taking young minds seriously

A Word on Religion

What role does religion play in the instruction provided at Veritas Classical Academy?  The school is a Christian “non-denominational” academy.  Understand, this does NOT mean secular.

To seek to remove any mention of God from the curriculum, as the public schools have done, is to present a grossly inaccurate representation of the Western Heritage.  From the Age of Exploration to the Age of Science, from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution, Man often looked to God and religious feeling as a prime motivator for his actions.  To falsely ignore this factor would be to do a disservice to the young minds we have in our charge.  We steadfastly believe that God calls us to acknowledge the central role of faith in the development of the Western Tradition and, specifically, in the founding of the United States.

Therefore, we talk about the historical role religion played in shaping the deposit of knowledge and culture we call the Western Tradition.  However, we leave specific questions of faith and theology up to the students and their parents. Instead, we seek to instill in our students an appreciation for, and an adherence to, heroic virtue. In this we agree with Aristotle’s dictum that one becomes virtuous by practicing the virtues. Just as we encourage students to emulate the intellectual virtues of writers and scientists, we will lead them to emulate the moral virtues of heroes and heroines.

We have adopted a set of core virtues throughout the school.  Their purpose is to build students’ moral vocabulary and thereby point them to the character traits necessary to live a good and happy life.  The virtues are explained to the students in detail, and the discipline and decorum of the school are based upon the active practice of these virtues.  We firmly believe that we are charged with instilling in our students, not just a love of learning, but a love of virtuous living.

Virtues are not “values.”  There is a great deal of “values clarification” going on in the public schools right now and it runs the risk of leading young minds down the rabbit hole of moral relativism.  Let’s be clear, values are subjective concepts. You might “value” chocolate while another “values” vanilla.  The end of values training is moral confusion, ethical fuzziness, and the misguided notion that in order to achieve “fairness” all choices must be seen as equally valid.

Virtue, instead, is objective (absolute).  The pursuit of virtue, thus, leads young minds to right reason and good moral choices.  And the habit of making good moral choices leads to the development of good character, the ultimate aim of the education we are providing.

Veritas Classical Academy adheres to the basic tenets of faith professed by this country’s Founders and  expressed by Benjamin Franklin in his self-penned Creed:

 

I believe in one God, the creator of the universe.

That He governs by his providence.

That He ought to be worshipped.

That the most acceptable service we render to Him is doing good to His other children.

That the soul of man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.