Four Regents students qualified for the regional competition of the National History Bee: Mason Rasberry, Kelso McEntire, Cate Baker, and Ella Li. It was a great honor for these students to join the competition in Houston on February 17, 2017.
Mason and Kelso each made it to the Championship Round (top 8) of their age divisions. In addition, we are proud to announce that Mason, Kelso, and Ella qualified for the national competition in Atlanta in June.
Great job, young historians!
The Regents 9th and 10th grade classes traveled to Austin on February 15-16, 2017, to attend Nacogdoches-SFA Days at the Texas State Legislature. The students met State Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative Travis Clardy. The group also toured the capitol and visited two museums. This trip has become a tradition for Regents students, who study Government in the 10th grade and then are able to see government in action at a state level. We are so proud of our students, who represented their families and their school so excellently.
The students are pictured below with their Government teacher David Henry, Regents parent and board Vice-Chairman David Alders, and State Rep. Travis Clardy. Appearing in the second picture below are Lance Vermillion and Kilyn James.
Conservative author and thinker Russell Kirk (1918-1994) understood well that the purpose of education is not to provide career training but to form students in virtue and “to teach what it is to be a true human being.” In the following excerpt called “The Conservative Purpose of a Liberal Education,” from his book Redeeming the Time, Kirk articulates a number of fundamental principles of a classical Christian education. We do well to take them to heart.
Our term “liberal education” is far older than the use of the word “liberal” as a term of politics. What we now call “liberal studies” go back to classical times, while political liberalism commences only in the first decade of the nineteenth century. By “liberal education” we mean an ordering and integrating of knowledge for the benefit of the free person—as contrasted with technical or professional schooling, now somewhat vaingloriously called “career education.”
Liberal education is conservative in this way: it defends order against disorder. In its practical effects, liberal education works for order in the soul and order in the republic. Liberal learning enables those who benefit from its discipline to achieve some degree of harmony within themselves. As John Henry Newman put it, in Discourse V of his Idea of a University, by a liberal intellectual discipline, “a habit of mind is formed which lasts through life, of which the attributes are freedom, equitableness, calmness, moderation, and wisdom; of what… I have ventured to call the philosophical habit of mind.”
The primary purpose of a liberal education, then, is the cultivation of the person’s own intellect and imagination, for the person’s own sake. It ought not to be forgotten, in this mass-age when the state aspires to be all-in-all, that genuine education is something higher than an instrument of public policy. True education is meant to develop the individual human being, the person, rather than to serve the state. We tend to ignore the fact that schooling was not originated by the modern nation-state. Formal schooling actually commenced as an endeavor to acquaint the rising generation with religious knowledge: with awareness of the transcendent and with moral truths. Its purpose was not to indoctrinate a young person in civics, but rather to teach what it is to be a true human being, living within a moral order. The person has primacy in liberal education.
Congratulations to sixth grader Noah Satir! He placed third out of a field of twelve students from our five-county area last Saturday at the official Scripps Spelling Bee sponsored by the Lufkin Kiwanis Club. Prior to the individual bee, our 4th grade team (Seth Lekas-captain, Ben Satir, Jacob Lekas) and 8th grade team (Liane Muir-captain, Leah Vermillion, Caroline Alders) earned 2nd place trophies after more than four intense hours of spelling words ranging from tutu to charpoy.
Congratulations to all of our class teams! Our students represented Regents Academy well. We are proud of all of you!
Regents Academy Latin teacher Lara Sowell recently visited Washington, D.C., in service to the National Federation of the Blind. While there she visited the office of our U.S. Representative and friend, the Hon. Louie Gohmert. If you look closely, you can see a Regents pennant on the wall.
Thank you for your service, Mrs. Sowell!
We are all so thankful for our good friend and Regents alum Will Hill, who over the weekend rescued a local woman who was in danger of drowning after a boating accident.
You can get the whole story here from KTRE news.
You love your children. That means you provide for them, nurture them, and care for them. And you shelter them. You literally shelter your children by providing a home for them to live in. But you also shelter them from hardship and privation. Sometimes, though, “sheltering your children” is brought up as a criticism for parents who place their children in a private school or don’t allow their children to go to certain places or join in certain activities. Yeah, yeah, yeah. So I shelter my children. I also feed and clothe them: why don’t you criticize me for doing that, too?
On the other hand, the same impulse that prompts us to shelter our children from the beating that the world is always threatening to give them can have the opposite effect of actually exposing them to more of the world’s onslaught. When we attempt to shield our children from pain, failure, or frustration, we are, ironically, (and, no doubt, unintentionally) preparing them for pain, failure, and frustration in their future because they missed the opportunity to gain the independence and toughness they need to succeed as adults. Parents who attempt to patch up their children’s friendships that get off track, do their children’s homework, pay their children’s debts, or any number of other over-involved, misguided efforts can be denying their children much-needed character traits and skills that are absolutely essential for adult life.
God has called parents to love their children, but our love is to imitate God’s Fatherly love and care for us. Our Heavenly Father allows us to experience pain, futility, confusion, and adversity because He knows it is good for us. He cares much more for our holiness – an eternally valuable likeness to Christ – than He does for our happiness – a passing emotional experience. Likewise, it’s our job to lift our children up, paradoxically, by letting them fail or struggle or hurt. It’s that pain and struggle, when mixed with trust in God, that will develop into fortitude, purpose, wisdom, and “grit,” traits essential for navigating the world as adults. It hurts us when our children hurt, but when we try at all costs to minimize the pain they experience, we should ask, whose pain is this really about – theirs or mine?
With these thoughts in mind, allow me to suggest a few things parents can do to help their children, even if sometimes it feels like the opposite of sheltering them.
Let your children do their homework. I read about a recent survey in the UK that found one in four parents admitting to completing at least some of their children’s homework for them. I have a hunch this goes on far more than we imagine. If our children’s homework is stressing them out, taking some of it off their plate may seem at the time like a good solution. We should help our children when they have questions or need a study partner, but parents should resist the urge to do the work for them. It’s their struggle to learn from. Since when was learning supposed to be easy?
Let your children fail a test. Should we remind them about the test the next day? Should we prompt them to study? Should we mention that they need to practice their instrument for the upcoming recital? Of course. However, there comes a point when our children need to learn the consequences of their own choices, especially as they enter the teenage years. We are not actually raising children; we are raising adults. We are not doing them any favors when we closely manage our children’s studying for them, cutting the root of their training in independence. There’s no one looking over my shoulder reminding me to pay bills, mow the lawn, or speak kind words to my wife. Our children need to gain the maturity they need for mature independence now, not later.
Let your children clean up their own messes. Children make mistakes and messes. They need to learn to take responsibility for what they do, and our role as parents is to hold them accountable, not to clean the mess up for them. So imagine that you have told your child to clean up his room (probably not that hard to imagine), and he doesn’t do so. The clothes are on the floor, the bed is unmade, the trash is overflowing. What does it teach your son if you pick up the clothes, make the bed, and empty the trash – after you’ve asked him to do it himself? The message is clear: irresponsibility and disobedience don’t lead to bad consequences; there will always be someone there to wrap my bad decisions in bubble wrap. That’s a set-up for a hard lesson later in life. Instead, we should hold our children accountable now so that they become men and women who understand accountability and responsibility.
Let your children wrestle with their own relationship struggles. It’s not our job as parents to make all hurt feelings go away. Hurt feelings that result from getting crossways with friends or being mistreated by peers really do hurt. Parents who intervene again and again to try to make it go away can actually be doing more harm than good, though. Instead, parents can help their children walk through the hurt feelings, seek resolutions for themselves, and learn to ask forgiveness of those they’ve hurt. We can give them tools to communicate and resolve conflicts, and support them with comfort and wisdom. But that’s something far different from doing it for them.
Let your children be pressure-free in their activities. Take the pressure off their extracurriculars. Face it, your child will most likely not be a concert violinist or a major league baseball player or a major recording star. These activities are places for your child to develop their interests, learn new skills, have fun, and make friends. Their character is honed as they commit themselves to these activities and follow through, working through challenges and hardships, and learning discipline. But parents who hover and criticize and constantly problem-solve can unknowingly undermine the benefit of these activities.
There’s more that we can do. We can give our children the chance to earn money so that they learn to manage it. We can encourage our children to take risks (the right kind of risks) and then live with the consequences. We can be honest with our children about their strengths and weaknesses. And the list goes on.
Behind all these things is really a mindset: it’s my job as a parent to support and love my children by letting them fail and struggle and hurt so that they develop the kind of character that will serve them well in adulthood. We feed, clothe, and shelter our children. And we can – and should – nurture our children toward independence and perseverance, with God’s help.
The KPrep class celebrated their 100th day of school by dressing up as 100-year-olds. Alas, they are still young at heart.
The class is pictured below with their teacher, Mrs. Anna Vermillion.
We are very happy to introduce the newest member of the Regents Academy family: Reggie the Regents Eagle.
Senior Sarah Grace Alders is our school’s new mascot. She was introduced at our most recent home basketball games, where she brought school spirit and lots of fun. Below is Reggie in action, with Regents students Susie and William McMorries, and Regents mom and teacher, Becky McMorries.
Here, in an article called “Read This On Christmas Morning,” is a great Christ-centered suggestion from Paul David Tripp for your Christmas celebration. I hope it’s an encouragement to you!
I don’t know what your family traditions are, but I would hope that the reading of the Word of God is included on the agenda for Christmas Day. If it’s not, make this year the year to start a new tradition!
The Scripture passage that you’re about to read doesn’t immediately come to mind as a Christmas passage, but it’s one that should be included in every gathering. I’ll explain why, but for now, take a moment and let the words sink in:
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39).
Why should you read this passage to your family on Christmas? Because Romans 8 reminds us what the Christmas story is all about, by defining the glorious result of the birth of Jesus.
What was the glorious result of Jesus’ birth? In a word – love. Think about it:
Jesus deserved to be loved, but he was rejected so that we, who deserve to be rejected, would be eternally loved by the Father.
Jesus subjected himself to the fickle and failing love of his followers so that we will know the faithful and unfailing love of the father.
Jesus experienced separation from the Father so that nothing could ever separate us from the Father’s love.
This Christmas, remind yourself and your family that hope is only found in how much you’ve been loved by Jesus. It will be tempting to look for hope in the gifts that you receive or in the gifts that you give or in the people that you celebrate Christmas with, but those gifts will get old, your generosity will wrestle with your selfishness, and the people who say they love you will find a way to disappoint you once again.
The only hope that you have this Christmas is in the love that God has for you. Husbands, you won’t love your wife like you’re supposed to. Wives, you won’t love your husbands like you’re supposed to. Brothers and sisters, you won’t love your siblings like you’re supposed to. Parents, you won’t love your kids like you’re supposed to. Kids, you won’t love your parents like you’re supposed to. But God will always love you perfectly.
Christmas Day is a celebration of how much God loves us. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to share that Good News. Remind yourself and your family to fix your eyes on Jesus and celebrate that there’s eternal, life-changing hope for you!