2014 New GPA System

Over the years, Seton has tried several different methods to transform a student’s official 100-point Seton grade point average (GPA) into a 4-point GPA. The 4-point scale was designed to convert letter grades into a number so that grades could be averaged. Since Seton always gives quarter and final grades as numbers on a 100-point scale, a 4-point average is like trying to put the proverbial square peg in the round hole…

Easter Brings New Life

In the poem, The Ballad of the White Horse, King Alfred and all of Christianity seem to be lost to the Danes. It is a time of despair for every part of Europe. The only hope is Alfred’s faith in God, strengthened through a vision of Mary. Alfred fights a fierce battle using his God-given skills and is eventually victorious. The Ballad of the White Horse is the eleventh grade English requirement our oldest son, Benjamin, and I have been reading for Seton Home Study School. Our family can relate. We have had our own battle to fight, against all odds, and we have survived it only with and through the help of God…

New Year’s Resolutions

As we begin the new year of 2013—a year in which scores of Catholic organizations are suing the federal government simply to secure basic religious freedom—we can easily be anxious about the state of the world. Rather than look around us, perhaps we should look within ourselves and meditate upon our own spiritual life and that of our family…

Ever Ancient, Ever New

These articles will cite famous advice, wise proverbs, and prudent counsel as they appear in the classics of literature, in the words of famous characters from the good and great books of Western civilization, and in the published letters of noble men and women. Some articles will examine the world’s bad or worst advice, for example, Polonius’s words of wisdom to his son Laertes in Hamlet, as falsehoods that mislead. Because true wisdom, in Augustine’s words, is “ever ancient” and “ever new,” this treasury of the world’s knowledge, “the collected reason of ages” deposited in “the general bank and capital of nations, and of ages,” to quote from Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, will hopefully speak to many modern minds and hearts.

A New Year

As I sat down to write this article, I kept wondering what I should write about to inspire home schooling fathers for yet another school year. Let’s face it, I don’t care how much you believe in home schooling, you never look forward to Labor Day. When trips to the beach or to amusement parks give way to math books, pencil sharpeners, writing tablets, and flash cards, there’s a note of sadness. So whenever I’m tempted to dread the thought of home schooling, I try to remember why I’m doing it in the first place and what I like about it.

A Plan for the New Year

As you read this column, a large segment of the country is dark and cold, and kids are sick and tired of being cooped up in the house. Lesson plans indicate that students should be finishing up the second quarter but shopping, Christmas, and company certainly tend to push school work off the tracks. The kids are in the house way more in the winter than in summer, and the wear and tear is starting to show. Once again, mom is questioning herself: how could she possibly believe that she could home school and still retain her sanity? These feelings are common in many home schooling families this time of year, but veteran home schooling moms and dads know that there are solutions that work. The key is to get a grip, identify particular problem areas, and put together a plan of attack.

Prayer of Pope Benedict at Ground Zero, New York

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

New Pricing Structure

In reviewing our pricing structure, we realized that it was not uniform in the application of fees and discounts. In order to standardize the enrollments, Seton is adopting a new, simplified pricing structure for 2008. Some fees are being slightly increased to offset some of our increased costs.

Ever Ancient, Ever New #5

“It’s knowing what to do with things that counts.”—Robert Frost, “At Woodward’s Gardens”

In Frost’s poem, “At Woodward’s Gardens,” a boy visiting a zoo carries a magnifying glass. From his study of science he has apparently learned to use the glass not only to magnify objects for better vision but also to concentrate the rays of the sun to create heat and fire.

Ever Ancient, Ever New #4

Sancho Panza, the comical squire of the illustrious Don Quixote who vowed to restore knight-errantry into a debased world and recover the Golden Age, once told his master, “An ass will carry his load but not a double load.” As a loyal servant to his fearless knight-errant, Sancho performed his duties faithfully, but he never hesitated to remind his idealistic, visionary knight of the limits of human nature and the distinction between the normal and the abnormal demands of work. If Sancho were hungry, thirsty, sleepy, or in pain, Quixote heard the complaints of his squire that he often expressed in the proverbs that flowed from his tongue. This traditional wisdom also appears in proverbs from other older cultures. A famous Armenian proverb states, “No one can carry two watermelons at the same time.”