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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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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BCSI School Staff Spotlight—Mrs. Juliane Hillock

Juliane Hillock is the founding principal of Hozho Academy, a K-5 BCSI school that opened in 2018 in Gallup, New Mexico. She graduated from Hillsdale College in 1991 with an English major and history minor. She also holds a master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University.   What did you do immediately after graduating […]

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BCSI School Staff Spotlight—Mr. Bryce Horswell

What is your current position, graduation year, and major? I am dean of the upper school for Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas. I graduated from Hillsdale College in 2005 with a major in history.   What did your time at Hillsdale teach you, and how does it influence your teaching? My Hillsdale education […]

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