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Remembering History for Future Generations, with Sam Cox

Many of us remember history as a school subject filled with long lists of dates and random facts to memorize. However, classical education offers a different approach, treating history as a living conversation with the great minds whose ideas have spanned the centuries. It’s about bringing to life the stories of real people, heroes, and heroines, whose tales inspire us in our historic moments.

Our guest today, classical educator Sam Cox, shares his journey of bringing history alive in the classroom. He has retraced the steps of a group of Holocaust survivors, personally spending time with and interviewing them, and even inviting some to meet with his students. Their stories, though often heart-wrenching, demonstrate the triumph of the human spirit and the joys of lives well-lived in their new home in the United States.

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Motivating Youth in a Lazy & Distracted World, with Craig Hefner

Have you ever seen a young person struggling to get motivated, complaining about boredom, or seeming a bit lazy and apathetic? Or perhaps they’re the opposite, always busy, distracted, and jumping from one thing to the next throughout the day. This behavior is common in our modern world, but the ancients had a unique word for it: Acedia. Although this term has faded from our vocabulary, it’s worth rediscovering, as it helps us better understand this prevalent vice, especially challenging for teenagers. Fortunately, our guest Craig Hefner encouraging words and practical solutions to reframe this mindset in our homes and schools.

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Creating an Enriching Summer Break

It is officially summer break! Instead of sitting in front of screens or combatting boredom, guest Keith McCurdy brings practical advice for making this an enriching and impactful summer that will leave parents at peace, in control, and excited to have time with their children.

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Making the “True, Good, & Beautiful” Matter, with Junius Johnson

If you spend time in classical Christian schools you’ll probably hear the phrase “the true, the good, and the beautiful.” These ideals represent the highest values and aspirations of humanity originating in Greek philosophy and found throughout the works of Plato- but what do they actually mean, and why do they matter today… beyond being an inspiring slogan or an ideal phrase to put on a wall hanging from Hobby Lobby? How do these concepts serve as a framework for raising the next generation and achieving full human flourishing? Listen to this episode with guest Junius Johnson to dive in.

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Davies Behind the Mic: His Story, Perspectives, & Big News!

Host Davies Owens is behind the mic for a candid discussion with his daughter about his unorthodox start in classical education, what challenges he sees facing the movement, and how his new mission is inspiring him like never before. They also share the history and future of this podcast as well as a huge announcement that will certainly excite parents, administrators, and school leaders alike.

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Laughing at the Right Things, with Comedian Sean Hancock

Proverbs tells us that joy and laughter are good medicine for the soul, but the Bible also cautions us against foolish talk and crude joking. So what role should humor play in our classrooms, hallways, and homes?  It is especially challenging when so much of what is presented to us today in the world is humor that is often inappropriate and at someone else’s expense.  Join us for this episode of BCL with Comedian Sean Hancock who helps us find joy and laughter in what is true, good and beautiful.

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Exploring the Terms: “Classical, Liberal Arts, Humanities… with Dr. Chris Schlect

In recent decades, classical education has experienced significant growth both in the U.S. and globally. This educational approach takes various forms, including traditional five-day programs, hybrid/collaborative models, and homeschooling. Alongside these formats, a flurry of terms like “classical Christian,” “Christian classical,” “classical liberal arts,” and “humanities education” have emerged. Understanding and distinguishing among these options can be complex for schools and parents alike. Today,  Dr. Chris Schlect, Director of the Classical and Christian Studies at New Saint Andrews College, joins us to help clarify these terms and explore their significance in shaping the next generation through our homes and schools. 

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How Music and Arts Transform School and Home with Preston Atwood

St. Augustine famously remarked that “to sing is to pray twice.” Music and arts play vital roles in our daily lives and are essential components of any classical Christian school or home. However, engaging meaningfully with traditional forms of music, as well as with worship through prayer and Scripture, can be challenging—especially if we don’t have good examples around us as adults and the idea of leading something we aren’t very good at can be intimidating. My guest today has done us a favor as schools and parents with a fresh vision and proven and practical ways to engage well in music and the arts in our homes and schools.

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What Does It Mean to Bear the Image of God in Everyday Life? with Lauren McAfee

This episode focuses on an often overlooked topic: the image of God and how to apply it to daily life. Davies interviews Lauren McAfee, who shares her personal journey and discusses how her family’s involvement in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case influenced her interest in the image of God. Next, Davies and Lauren dive into the fundamental insights of her book, featuring contributions from Christian scholars. The book explores applying the concept of the image of God to contemporary issues like women’s reproductive health, race, and technology. The book aims to deepen the theological and ethical understanding of the Imago Dei. Additionally, Lauren discusses the impact of understanding one’s identity as an image bearer on individual well-being and societal interactions, highlighting the increasing complexities of navigating this understanding amidst contemporary culture wars. Finally, Lauren and Davies explore practical strategies for integrating the concept of being image bearers into everyday life, illustrating how it can positively impact parenting approaches, educational practices, and interactions within diverse cultural settings.

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50 Things Every Child Needs Before Leaving Home with Josh Mulvihill

On this episode of BaseCamp Live, Davies and Josh Mulvihill talk about his newest book, 50 Things Every Child Needs Before Leaving Home. Imagine the day your child graduates. Are they ready? Do they have a faith in Christ that will endure? Are they ready to think well and have the critical thinking and hands-on life skills necessary to successfully negotiate the complexity of the modern world? These skills range from Josh’s list of 50 essential skills every child should acquire, ranging from cultivating Christ-like character to managing finances, handling personal care, cooking meals, and responding effectively to emergencies. In this episode, you’ll discover valuable insights on developing a unique plan for each child.

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