This is our second installment in our video series on a Classical Christian education. Our Headmaster, Mr. Leach did a video conference with an alumnus, Rhys Dickhudt currently studying in Washington D.C. at George Washington University pursuing a fully funded Ph. D in organic chemistry.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Rhys attended the school when it was named Christian Leadership Academy (CLA) before we changed our name to Bloomfield Christian School (BCS). This blog is organized into different questions posed to Rhys with brief clips of his response. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get the full benefit of Rhys' insight into his education at Bloomfield.
Classical Christian education emphasizes a mastery of knowledge in the pursuit of Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Rhys discusses how his classroom discussions exceeded just college prep classes:
Bloomfield Christian seniors write a Senior Thesis and then present it in front of faculty, classmates and parents . The Seniors are then asked to defend their ideas to a panel of teachers. Rhys discusses how he used this Thesis to integrate his faith and studies in science:
Next Rhys highlights how the Classical model encourages students to pursue a love of learning rather than being overly focused on grades and how this focus leads to character development as students express and defend their own ideas in a discussion based format within the Rhetoric classroom:
Rhys shares how being part of a Christian community within a smaller private school helped him both at Bloomfield Christian and at college:
Many parents struggle with the cost of a private education. Rhys gives his perspective of a student having received the benefits of a classical, Christian education:
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