Portrait of A Graduate: A Thirteen Year Proposition

Our guest today is Eric Cook, Head of School at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, TX and Executive Director of the Society for Classical Learning (SCL). He addresses the question: What do we want for our graduates at the end of thirteen years? Many classical schools articulate and even publish the goals of their graduates, yet how many parents are thinking along the same lines? And how do we get our children to the finish line in a realistic fashion yet still hold high standards without exasperating them? Ultimately, how do we measure if our children have actually achieved these goals? Knowing what we are aiming for, and why, helps guide us as we paint a portrait for our graduates in this episode of Basecamp Live.

Eric Cook is from Lexington, Kentucky, but worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant Classical School in 2009. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught history, political science, psychology and philosophy in public schools, and served as an assistant principal for several years. In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director.

Eric serves as the Executive Director for the Society for Classical Learning. The Society is a national organization that exists to “foster human flourishing by making classical Christian education thrive.” Eric is excited about the work God is doing among classical Christian schools across the country and is honored to serve the movement. He speaks and writes about classical Christian education in a variety of contexts, but is most honored to lead a growing and thriving K-12 school in Fort Worth.

Eric is a voracious reader and a true lifelong learner, with special interest in the areas of philosophy, theology, education and history. He is a passionate educator who enjoys golf and a good cup of coffee. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William and Lincoln.