The Jungle Book: Cultivating Virtue and Imagination in Young Readers

By Tomek Grzesiak Barney Charter School Initiative Instructional Coach Written over 100 years ago, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book continues to be read by and to children of all ages. Despite his controversial colonialist views, Kipling has proven himself a master storyteller in his ability to draw readers into his rich and memorable worlds. Many readers have come to […]

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Mind and Body: Why Physical Education Needs to be an Essential Feature of Classical Education

Physical education: Where does it fit in today’s classical schools? Is it an afterthought or a filler class to give the homeroom teacher a free period? Far from it! In a presentation for teachers at Barney Charter School Initiative schools, Hillsdale Academy Assistant Headmaster and Athletic Director Mike Roberts argued that physical education has held […]

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Friendship in The Wind in the Willows: Timeless Lessons from a Children’s Classic

The beloved children’s book, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, has delighted readers with its whimsical animal characters since its publication more than a century ago. But those silly stories of animal antics actually offer the reader profound lessons in friendship, according to Hillsdale College Chairman and Professor of Education Daniel Coupland. At […]

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BCSI Staff Spotlight—Dr. Kathleen O’Toole

This July, Hillsdale College welcomed Dr. Kathleen O’Toole as its first-ever Assistant Provost for K-12 Education. In this new role, O’Toole will help to bring all of Hillsdale College’s classical education programs—including the Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI)—together under the umbrella of the Provost’s Office and provide strategic direction in order to further the reach […]

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Five Ways to Keep in Touch over the Summer

Each year after dancing at Centralhallapalooza, stressing over finals, and final trips to Baw Beese, you say goodbye to your very best friends for a whole three months. You’ve invested in deep friendships at Hillsdale, so don’t let them waste away over the summer!

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One of Hillsdale’s Finest: Ally Eads

Whether she is conquering a physics lab, laughing at the long table in the dining hall, or representing our school at national championships, senior Ally Eads takes advantage of Hillsdale’s small-school atmosphere to achieve multifaceted success.

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Bowling Buddies

Many schools have programs for children with special needs but lack resources for adults. This is a void that SPARC and volunteers with the Hillsdale Buddy Program aim to fill—and do so with weekly trips to the bowling alley.

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Acknowledge Our Humanity: Conversations with Brock Lutz

The first step of asking for help is often the hardest. Sometimes, the admission of our need makes us feel like failures. Brock Lutz believes it is important that we acknowledge our humanity and take that first step, “We want people to express their emotions but recognize they can still do something with them.”

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Finding Common Ground on our “Islands of Sanity”: Preserving Classical Tradition in a World of Chaos

In 2003, author and economist Thomas Sowell sent a letter to then-Hillsdale Academy Headmaster Ken Calvert, thanking the school for being “an island of sanity in a crazy educational world.” Indeed, classical schools such as Hillsdale Academy strive to provide a stable environment rooted in the books and educational methods that have stood the test […]

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Going Green While Saving Green

There are actually many small ways college students can lower their carbon footprints without spending extra time or money—it just takes some creativity.

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Lived Studies: My Summer at Oxford

Formal classrooms are just a part of our whole education, which encompasses everything that forms our being, including short conversations with people on the street.

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Office Hours Observations

In addition to being fantastic academic resources and mentors, our professors have amazing stories to tell and experiences to share that we leave unknown when we don’t visit them and, at least once in a while, let the office space as well as the professor speak to us.

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