The Anderson School is dedicated to creating “Renaissance Men and Women” through a classical education blended with an emphasis upon higher level thinking skills.
I have always defined a Renaissance person as one who is capable of doing anything with virtually nothing, which reminds me of starting a private school. But the ideal of the Renaissance Man evolved into a cultural movement that spanned the 14th through the 17th century. It began in Italy and spread to the other countries in Europe. The term Renaissance man or woman refers to a person of many accomplishments – one who has numerous interests and is accomplished in many areas and is well educated, highly cultured, and proficient.
I know it is asking much of ourselves, but it is now necessary to take giant steps back in time. This is becoming much more apparent, if our children are to survive what is rapidly evolving into an overly complex and incomprehensible future. With drop-out, drug and
alcohol addiction and suicide rates so unbelievably high and accelerating, we need to do something different! Folks, we need to do something other than losing the precious lives all around us. Did you know that the top ten jobs that were in demand in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we do not know exists. The U. S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 39. One fourth of our workers have been with their current employer for less than a year. One half have been there less than five years. It is not now possible to predict what specific jobs to prepare for. The future is uncertain and totally unpredictable.
But there is hope, in knowing that our children can be molded and shaped into new, resurrected Renaissance Men and Women, armed with the broad knowledge of a classical liberal arts education and in firm possession of a high self-esteem, garnered from years of joyful living. ucollege.edu/news/2010/01/10/training-jobs-dont-exist
There are about 540,000 words in the English language – about five times as many as during Shakespeare’s time (many of them created by William). One week’s worth of news contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a LIFETIME just two hundred years ago. More new information will be discovered this year than in the previous ten thousand years. Technical knowledge is doubling in less than two years, which translates to a strange phenomenon: it implies that students beginning a four year technical degree will discover that what they learn in their first year of study will, to a great degree, be outdated by the third year of study. In philosophy we recently discussed an astute observation of Albert Einstein,
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
This commentary comes from one of the few people principally responsible for such, “a dangerous place to live”. But his keen discernment is an accurate assessment. We must do something! Even if it involves turning the clock back. So the Anderson family decided to forgo the fads and fancies of corporate driven curriculums, which will become outdated and virtually worthless in less time than it takes for me to find my car in the parking lot of yet another rapidly disappearing and obsolete phenomenon – the shopping Mall. The truth is: everything is becoming outdated and obsolete – even you and I. And the real fear that I have is that our children are in such danger. So what can we do? We need to answer this question, before the mushroom-cloud shaped ghost of Einstein haunts us on a scale that compares favorably to forever.
The solution requires an uncommon measure of common sense. And this must be coupled with the courage only Love unparalleled can provide. In the compassionate wisdom of Leo Buscaglia we find the key:
“When man has love he is no longer at the mercy of forces greater than himself, for he, himself, becomes the powerful force.”
So let us look deep into our own hearts to find the compassion to be
courageous and turn back the clock, so that we may seek salvation for our children – salvation found in the stunningly beautiful minds of those who have come before us. Let us embrace the greatest philosophers and the very best teachers we can find. And these phenomenal beings are found in antiquity. And they, and their truly inspiring ideas and ideals, have been patiently waiting for a long, long time. So close that politically correct, highly controversial and financially inspired state adopted text book and place it where it may never be discovered again (do not use a clay jar – they last too long). I call such dumbed-down objects de-un-art: intellectual pollution. They have been aligned with the priorities of the failed, “No child left behind” fiasco. And, if you know anything about the textbook adoption process, you will have similar sentiments. The truly great and inspiring textbooks have existed for hundreds to thousands of years. So quickly (and I do mean quickly) travel to another soon-to-be rapidly disappearing outdated technology, the neighborhood bookstore, and blow the dust off of a great play by William Shakespeare or any work by a noted historian or philosopher of glorious times gone by. You shall never regret rediscovering the romantic and beautiful, “Splendor in the Grass” of the world we once knew. And you shall find solutions to problems we will assuredly encounter. Or you can stumble along looking for a pathway covered by the weeds of ignorance and arrogance.
Please feel free to utilize our Anderson School Reading List found under Academics on our website: www.andersonschool.net. These works are classical, philosophical and historical in nature. The knowledge to be gained from them is the foundation for a lifetime of learning. It was compiled with the kind assistance of the highly recommend Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization walsinghamsociety.com, Oxford University and our own teacher of Language Arts, LeVonna Anderson. These Classics of Western Language and Literature are the true textbooks for all time. In our classical liberal arts curriculum, our children have acted in numerous Shakespeare plays, under the direction of noted actor and director, George Rodriguez. They study the great classics of Western civilization, together with the Classical Languages of Greek and Latin, under the guidance of Classics Professor Harry Lacey.
They are engaged in critical thinking activities, discussion and reasoning with Mrs. Anderson on a daily basis. And they question everything in Philosophy with Dr. Anderson and are tutored in mathematics through calculus. Our goal of producing Renaissance men and women, classical thinkers, is to prepare and arm our children with the vital tools of higher level thinking skills and the wisdom of the ages they will need in an uncertain and dangerous future.” The Classical curriculum offered at the Anderson School is similar to what was offered to previous generations, dating back to that provided the Romans and Greeks. This is, in our not-so-humble opinions, what is needed to be mastered in order to become a true modern day Renaissance Man or Woman. It is what is needed to thrive and, importantly, survive. At the Anderson School our goal is nothing short of salvation.
On FRIDAY Nov. 15, 2013
we will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 10:15 a.m. we will travel to the FOOD COURT in the Ridgmar Mall to enjoy lunch. Following a quick lunch, we will walk to the RAVE 13 THEATRE located in the Mall at 2300 Green Oaks Road, telephone (817) 566-0025, to enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie Ender’s Game, (Rating: PG-13, for some violence and intense depiction thematic material) / Run Time: 1 hour. 54 minutes and starting at 11:15 a.m. Younger students will view another film with the blessing of Mrs. A. PICK UP will be at the theater at 2:00 p.m. The starting time may change, please be patient. Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn will help.
Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908
If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call if you will be late. Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary)
FINANCIAL: We have been told Tickets are $5.00 but this may be incorrect – please pay at the Box Office. Please provide funds for a good book and funds for lunch. Refreshments: Yes!
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.
Nov. 22 Modern Art Museum
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break (No school)
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 13 Museum of Americas (in Weatherford)
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (better known as Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show (earlier known as the FAT stock show, but Dr. A lost a few pounds)
A. n . d . e . r . s . o . n
Where precocious children are nurtured, appreciated & eat a lot of popcorn!