Parents often comment that they wish they had had the opportunity to attend The Montfort Academy when they were going to high school.  Mindful of that, occasionally we come across an article or a video that we just have to share with parents.  Often these articles validate our classical approach to education.  Often, too, they show just how much The Montfort Academy has shaped Catholic classical education in the United States.  Among the first Catholic classical high schools to open, many other schools have looked to Montfort as a model

The following time-honored classic essay by the founder of the Great Books of the Western World program and former professor at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, Mortimer J. Adler, PhD, "How to Mark a Book" is highly encouraged.  This 1941 essay will prove essential for all Montfort students and will be beneficial to Montfort parents, too.

How to Mark a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler

The following essays and articles are also for both parents and students on the importance of handwriting, hand-written note taking, and hand-written thank you notes.  Please note that all students at The Montfort Academy are taught that among the highest forms of gratitude is the hand-written thank you note; over the years, they will write many.

  1. Attention Students, Put Your Laptops Away!

  2. Take Notes with Pen & Paper

  3. Brief History of Penmanship

  4. Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting

  5. The Art of the Thank You Note

  6. Cursive is Making a Comeback!

  7. How Handwriting Trains the Brain

  8. What’s the Best Way to Take Notes—Wall Street Journal (from Mrs. Greehan)

The following is an article that well-captures The Montfort Academy's philosophy of teaching science. 

The Art of Teaching Science

The following is an article about where the millionaires of Silicon Valley send their own kids to elementary school.  And it's not where they have lots of computers and technology!  

A Silicon Valley School that Doesn't Compute

This is a landmark study by OECD shows that computer use by students in the classroom actually diminishes results.

The following articles about classical education are also interesting to read:

A Case for Classical Education

Embracing Classical Education

Case Study:  St. Jerome School, Maryland

The Hardest Class in the Humanities

The Hardest Class You Will Ever Take

Teaching Classically