We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am still catching up on some of the abundance of Maggie's posts from the couple of weeks while I was away. Did you read Dr. Bliss' My School, Part 1 and Part 2?
I just did. Interesting - and inspiring. You have to spend big bucks to get this sort of exciting and demanding secondary education in America, because the unions now own the public schools, and people like her Headmaster would or could never get a public school teaching certificate.
Why anyone would need college after that is beyond me. (Well, I know...you supposedly need the piece of paper.) College used to be "higher education" for the most highly-motivated, serious scholars who were totally turned on by learning and ideas. Am I Rip Van Winkle?
What happened while I dozed?
Photo: Old little red schoolhouse in Westport, CT, where the kids learned more than they do today.
CHOP POINT SCHOOL is located in North Woolwich, Maine, off Route 128, two miles down an unpaved road. The fifty acres include a mile of beautiful shoreline on historic Merrymeeting Bay. The setting is peaceful, beautiful and conducive to learning. The classrooms and library are located in 4 main buildings on the campus, many of which overlook the water.
There are many things that make Chop Point School particularly unique and wonderful, including...
-An emphasis on teaching science and social studies by experience, from on-site archeological digs to local wildlife and nature studies.
-A cross-cultural program that teaches students Spanish in all grades, in preparation for a high-school social service trip to Nicaragua.
-A boarding program for both boys and girls, ages 8-18.
-International students, enabling all students to receive an education rich in multi-cultural learning.
And, our close relationship with Hillsdale College provides our top student with a full-boat, four-year scholarship to that pillar of Old School education in Michigan each year.