Are Classical Schools Too Difficult?

Episode Summary:

In this episode of BaseCamp Live, we tackle the question: Are Classical Christian schools too challenging? Join us as we explore the nuances of academic rigor, individual learning needs, and the balance between challenging students and overwhelming them. With special guest Heather Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Concordis Education Partners, we unpack the complexities of creating joyful learning environments while ensuring students reach their God-given potential.

About Heather Lloyd:

Heather Lloyd is the Founder and CEO of Concordis Education Partners, bringing over 20 years of teaching experience and administrative expertise to her transformative work in classical Christian schools. With a passion for comprehensive gospel-centric education, Heather envisions schools as joyful environments where children are trained in Christian discernment and academic mastery. Through Concordis Education Partners, she provides consultation and support to schools nationwide, guiding them through foundational needs and strategic planning.

Discussion Highlights:

Part 1: Defining “Hard” in Education
  • Davies and Heather explore difficulties in education, exploring the tension between cultural pressure to ease children’s academic journey and the necessity of challenging them to reach their potential.
  • They discuss the dangers of overly soft approaches and excessively rigorous environments, highlighting the importance of understanding individual learning styles and motivations.
Part 2: Supporting Struggling Learners
  • The conversation shifts to addressing the needs of struggling learners. Heather emphasizes the role of teachers in motivating students and providing incremental adjustments to develop confidence and competence over time.
  • They explore practical strategies for helping students navigate academic challenges, from managing homework load to adapting to the demands of a classical education.
Part 3: Fostering Ownership of Education
  • Lastly, Davies and Heather discuss the importance of encouraging students to take ownership of their education, particularly in cultivating critical thinking and deep understanding.
  • They address concerns about students’ motivation and confidence, especially among boys, and offer insights into providing appropriate adaptation and support for struggling learners.