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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