The Quarterly Newsletter of Wittenberg Academy
The Ninety-Sixth Thesis
Chaplain's Corner- p. 8
Rev. David M. Juhl
Sitting at the Feet of Experts
On the Road with Wittenberg Academy- p. 22
Poetry- p. 23
A Point of Confession- p. 24
From Our Teachers p. 10-19
~ “Do Not Fear:” Why homeschooled students should embrace their schooling as they transition into college
~ Take Heart
Our children were kneeling on the floor, watching the carpet installation crew take measurements and do all of the other carpet installation crew tasks that carpet installation crews are wont to do. A few months ago, our children were following around the plumber as he diagnosed and fixed a plumbing issue. As often as they can, they follow around our friends who are farmers, learning the ins and outs of milking cows, planting, haying, and harvesting.
Children are naturally drawn to experts. The mailman is the expert at delivering mail. The garbage man is the expert at picking up garbage. The mechanic is the expert at fixing cars. In the eyes of children, the one who does the job is the expert.
To youthful eyes, parents are the experts on everything. This is good, right, and salutary. It allows the parents, then, to direct their children to appropriate experts in good time. However, children do see their parents employ experts, which is also good. Perhaps they observe mom and dad take the car to the shop. Lord willing, children see mom and dad sitting next to them at church.
In all of this, children are observing people serving their neighbor. They see the vocations of Father, Mother, Husband, Wife, Worker, Citizen, and Hearer of the Word played out in very real ways and they are soaking in everything they see.
When parents set their children at the feet of experts, they might be tempted to see themselves as failures. They might flirt with with the lie that if they were just better equipped they could do it all themselves. Stand firm on the truth! There are no dicta declaring a requirement that parents must be experts on everything. There are many instances where a general level of expertise is sufficient. Parents know how to care for childhood contusions and lacerations. Yet, there are times parents put themselves and their children at the feet of experts, doctors, to receive support. Very few parents would deny their children this expert care when it is necessary. The parents do not cease being the primary caretaker of their children because they went to the doctor. The doctor simply supported the parents by giving the child something the parents did not have (medicine, surgery, etc.). Likewise, parents are the chief catechists of their children. As part of the catechetical life of the family, they all go to church. The family sits at the feet of a man who, by the grace of God, delivers Word and Sacrament. The pastor does not replace the roles of father and mother, just as a doctor does not replace mother and father.
Parents do not have to be the expert at everything. To believe such is to miss out on the opportunity for the body of Christ, or even those outside the body of Christ, to serve as experts as they are gifted. Thanks be to God for His provision through our neighbor!
1 Let children hear the mighty deeds
Which God performed of old,
Which in our younger days we saw,
And which our parents told.
2 So make to them His glories known,
His works of pow'r and grace;
And we'll convey His wonders down
Through ev'ry rising race.
3 Our sons and daughters we shall tell
And they again to theirs
That generations yet unborn
May teach them to their heirs.
5 To learn that in our God alone
Their hope securely stands,
That they may never doubt His love
But walk in His commands.
Lutheran Service Book #867: 1-3, 5
Mrs. Jocelyn C. Benson serves as Wittenberg Academy's Head Teacher.
From the Head Teacher's Desk- p. 3
Sitting At the Feet of Experts
Mrs. Jocelyn C. Benson
2018 Witttenberg Academy Family Retreat- P. 26-27
Candor for such a Time as This- p. 6
Navigating the Dangers of
Mrs. Lauren K. Mastin
DIE Zeitschrift Von WALTHER
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Navigating the Dangers
of Online Learning
As parents, we want what is best for our children. One concern that many have is whether or not online learning is the best fit for our students. There are many variables in online learning, to which each student responds differently. Each has their own personal temptations and limitations that they struggle with. The internet has a habit of fueling those struggles, if used improperly. At Wittenberg Academy, we strive to partner with parents to provide a classical Lutheran education that is accessible to all students. We would not be able to accomplish this without the use of the internet. Like any other tool, the internet's value lies in how one utilizes it. There are several methods we employ to set our students up for success from the very beginning of their education with us.
Due to the schedule of most traditional brick and mortar schools, people generally think of a school day as lasting from 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. A common misconception is that those hours also apply online schooling. Students are not tied down to the computer for a set amount of time, other than their weekly live meetings. They should not need to be in front of the computer for more than a few hours a day. Students have the option to purchase the assigned readings in hard copy. Obviously we are unable to offer that option for all books, but the vast majority of them are available in hard copy. Wittenberg Academy students spend a significant amount of time reading, so purchasing the texts in a hard copy cuts out quite a bit of screen time.
Parents can also help their students properly utilize this tool. As mentioned before, there is no reason for students to spend a vast amount of time on the computer. Screen time should be limited to certain times of day, so as to avoid going down the rabbit holes of the internet. If one is only allowed a few hours a day on the computer, they will be forced to use that time wisely. Students should also be encouraged to do their work in a public area of the house. It is less likely that they will be tempted to follow those distractions with somebody else in the room.
Another concern about online schooling is that the students are alone, and may become lonely. While this is certainly a valid concern, we try to encourage a sense of community in our courses for our students. Students participate in a weekly live chat for one hour with their instructor and fellow classmates in each class. They discuss their class material, have the opportunity to ask their instructor questions, and establish a face to face relationship with their classmates. Students also have access to a social forum in which they are free to grab a virtual cup of coffee and chat with their fellow students. They often have lively discussions about their interests, current events, and courses.
Though our students do not have the opportunity to interact with one another face to face each day, there are ways that they may briefly have the opportunity to meet. Wittenberg Academy holds a three day Family Retreat each year at the end of April, at which families gather for learning, discussion, and fellowship. Students from all over the country have had the opportunity to meet because of this Retreat. Several of our faculty members also travel to multiple other conferences during the summer, at which we try to gather any attending students to meet.
There are also ways closer to home to combat this loneliness. Become more involved in your church community. The choir is always happy to have a new member, the pastor would be overjoyed to visit with you during fellowship time, and the shut-ins of the congregation would love it if you were to drop in and visit them from time to time. There are so many neighbors that we could serve with our friendship that we are not even aware of. Explore those options.
Though there are some potential pitfalls to online learning, the benefits certainly outweigh the disadvantages. God has blessed us with this wonderful technology; let us honor Him by teaching our students to use it wisely!
Mrs. Lauren K. Mastin serves as Wittenberg Academy's Communications Director.
Saint John writes: So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:16-21)
Let's consider verse 18 first: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." Perfect love is what you seek. Perfect love is impossible when sought outside the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord. That's the mystery the world seeks. Even Christians seek this mystery while not realizing it's under their nose.
If there's one thing I've seen over the last few years among Christians that alarms me, it is fear. Fear is behind every idol we put up to hide behind so that we don't have to face reality. We're afraid to have joy in Jesus Christ because someone might mistake that joy for being too profligate with the forgiveness of sins. Rejoice in the Lord, but not too much, lest you might sin or cause someone else to sin. So we seek another perfect love to place our trust. We try to love God's Law so that we don't have to settle for Christ's blood and righteousness covering us. When the preached Law shows how we have failed to achieve God's standard of perfect love, we despair that our new love hasn't cast out fear but has instead made us face our fear in trembling.
The quest for perfect love ends in Jesus Christ, Who is perfect love in the flesh. Our Father in heaven loved you first. He sent His Son as the propitiation, the perfect sin offering, for your sins. The Holy Spirit teaches you in the Scriptures to recognize His love. Every physical blessing and every spiritual gift is proof of His love for you. As you recognize His love for you, you also cling to His love and grace by trusting in His promise of perfect love given to you. He displays His perfect love for you and for all in His innocent suffering and death. He gives you the benefits of His death in His holy Gifts, especially the Gift of His holy preached Word. God abides in you, and you abide in God. You shall not die, but live.
Let's go back one verse: "Whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." Love toward God is never perfect this side of Paradise. God's love toward you in Christ is your perfect love. As you cling to Christ and His perfect love, our Father in heaven now sees Christ's perfect righteousness that covers you as perfect love. Your pleasure and joy is now in God and His Word. As a New Creation you love what He commands and suffer everything for
His sake. The struggle between the Old Man's hatred of God's perfect love for you and the New Creation's love of everything God has done for you will persist until you fall asleep in Jesus, awaiting the day of resurrection when you will rise from the grave a completed New Creation and live with the Lord God forever in His kingdom.
You abide in God, and God abides in you, as you rejoice in His Gifts of forgiveness and life. "By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the Day of Judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world." You abide in God as you hear His proclamation of redemption and resurrection. You abide in God as you live in your Baptismal grace, dying daily to sin and rising daily to life in Jesus Christ. You abide in God as you eat and drink His true Body and true Blood in the Supper. You abide in God as your sins are absolved. You abide in God as you leave His house with His Name on you, loving your brethren as He loves you. Loving your neighbor shows to the world you are God's precious child and that God dwells among you.
Fear not. Jesus Christ is perfect love. His perfect love and perfect righteousness covers you. You are free. You are forgiven. You are loved. As you are loved, you are free to love and serve your neighbor wherever God puts you. There are no limits to His love and your love, for God abides in you and you abide in Him.
Rev. David M. Juhl serves as Chaplain of Wittenberg Academy. Additionally, his vocations include husband of Rebecca, father of five children, and pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Momence, Illinois.
We would all like life to be easy, comforting, and filled with only the things we enjoy doing, but we do live in a fallen world which means that challenges will arise. Challenges are difficult, and there are often unpleasant steps along the way, but the results are worth the discomforts that come, and we have been designed and equipped to overcome.
By considering two common skills, riding a bike and making a bed, we can examine what challenges entail. When you first learn to make a bed, the steps are easily understood, memorized, and executed. With practice, you can improve your precision, but this is not a task that takes long to master and provides limited rewards. Learning to ride a bike can often be overwhelming to a beginner. There are many factors that must be mastered and coordinated, and very few can claim to have made it through without some sort of physical injury. It is a complicated and painful process, but the rewards more than make up for the difficulties. Once mastered after weeks or even months of practice, cyclists gain transportational freedom, muscles mass and lung capacity, and there is nothing like the smile of both parents and children, when those first few yards are taken independently. This shows us that real challenges are often initially overwhelming, potentially painful, and time consuming endeavors, that when conquered grant freedom, change the individual, and instill pride and confidence.
While the former are physical examples, academic challenges require the same willing surrender to a temporary discomfort in order to obtain a grander result. How many times in the Platonic Dialogues does a speaker turn to Socrates and say something like, ‘Can you just tell us the answer?’ To which Socrates often replies, ‘I don’t know it myself.’ Socrates knew the path to true virtue was not easy, direct, or comfortable. He was willing to spend his life searching for the answers and give his life in the process. In a less severe example, London taxi drivers are required to memorize over 25,000 street locations before they are licensed. Medical research has shown this causes their hippocampus, a part of the brain linked to memory, to grow1. Next to this memorizing a few declensions or formulas sounds like a small task, and getting a poor grade is certainly better than drinking hemlock.
At Wittenberg Academy, we do ask for excellence from our students and present them with many challenges along the way. We believe that the courses and content are directly beneficial for students’ earthly futures, but we believe that by studying the seven liberal arts, we are preparing our students’ for their heavenly futures. Through the study of literature, history, and languages we, teachers and students alike, are studying God’s greatest creation, humans. We have seen time and again that those who approach the present without consideration of the past falter and often intensify the problems they were trying to correct. But God is an amazing Creator and His creations are not simple. Learning and analyzing our own intricacies and interactions is no easy task, but without that knowledge we cannot work to address our current situations. By studying the quadrivium and natural philosophy we are given a glimpse into God’s infinite and perfect natural laws which we can only view through the clouded lense of our fallen minds. God instilled an order and purpose into Creation. Math and science are humanity’s attempts to understand that design by looking at an end product, and a broken one at that. While I don’t think we can ever fully uncover those blueprints while we live in a Fallen world, studying the order, symmetry, precision, and consistency of the universe can give us an impression of God’s infinite power.
The good news is that we have been equipped to overcome the earthly challenges we face. God has graciously given us amazing minds that can understand, store, and use vast amounts of information. He has given us wonderful guides and supports in our families and communities, providing those who can answer our questions and those who can comfort us when we fall. He has given us freedom and resources by placing us in the society we inhabit, where information is readily available and we have time to study it. And He has given us Himself, empowering us for whatever He has in store, and we can confidently agree with Paul, knowing that in all things that support His will, “[We] can do all things through Him who strengthens [us].’ Philippians 4:13
Mrs. Rebecca McCreary serves as a Quadrivium insturctor for Wittenberg Academy. She lives with her husband and daughter in England.
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For every college freshman, there is a distinct feeling accompanied with the first couple days on a new college campus. While students attend college to broaden their education, they are also presented with countless opportunities like extracurriculars, internships, and jobs. In addition, they have to navigate relationships with new acquaintances such as professors, roommates, and peers—all people they have not previously known. This experience is not unique, despite how overwhelming it may feel to the individual.
I, for one, felt this way as I navigated the first week of college orientation. Even though my school is small, I was struck with the magnitude of the journey ahead of me, and whether or not I was adequately prepared. For graduating homeschoolers or online schoolers, that overwhelming feeling can be enhanced by intrusive thoughts of whether or not you are ready for college. A fair amount of anxiety and fear can easily seep into the excitement you feel about starting college. I knew I made the right choice in transitioning from Wittenberg Academy to a small, Lutheran school; however, this knowledge did not completely settle the thoughts in my head about the change in learning environment. Had my small, online school prepared me well for this new adventure of college?
While I could not completely prepare myself for the business of college, I have found, after my first semester, that the education I received at Wittenberg Academy more than prepared me for college. Homeschooled or online schooled students who attend college are often stereotyped at a disadvantage. People assume students have not been adequately socialized with their peers and have not had to interact with teachers and fellow students enough. Clearly, throwing them into a college environment is too much for them.
I had sneaking doubts that learning online would hinder me when I had to once again constantly interact in a face-to-face environment. However, these stereotypes could not be further from the truth, and my creeping fear was not at all warranted. Within the first couple weeks, I realized that graduating from a classical, online school put me at an advantage rather than hindered me, as well as made the transition between schools smoother.
Time management is a skill that becomes increasingly more valuable throughout your life, and I found that working online was the most effective way to learn this. Even though I had a bit more free time during the day, I had to more strictly prioritize my time in order to get as much as I could out of the day and out of my studies themselves. Time management is especially crucial in college, with academics, jobs, and extracurriculars taking up the majority of a normal day. The most significant transition I encountered in college was the constant demands on my time. Knowing how to properly manage my time put me at a huge advantage when tackling homework and extracurriculars. I knew how to get the most out of my time without a teacher or parent prompting me to get to work.
Another significant transition I encountered in college was the change in learning environment. I was slightly disappointed that I would not be learning online in an asynchronous format anymore, as I enjoyed that format and believed it worked well for me. However, was looking forward to studying in a brick-and-mortar classroom again and interact with my teachers and peers face to face. As I worked through my studies, I found that Wittenberg Academy more than prepared me for the difficulty level of college classes, especially when it came to critical thinking and rhetorical analysis. I was also at an advantage in religious studies because of Wittenberg’s emphasis on Lutheran doctrine. There are elements of both online and in-person education that are beneficial and advantageous, and I am grateful that I have experienced each of them.
One challenge online school presented was the fact that I had to take initiative for most anything I wanted or needed help with. Of course, the teachers and faculty at Wittenberg were incredibly willing and helpful; in fact, they reached out to me on more than one occasion if they thought I needed assistance with a particular subject. However, I was also expected to do the same without a parent or teacher cajoling me. The same holds true in college—with the amount of students and classes professors have, they do not always have time to notice if your grade is slipping. You must approach them yourself, and this is something that professors notice and appreciate. This expectation of responsibility has helped me build relationships with professors as well as gain opportunities I would never have gotten had I not taken initiative.
Because classes at Wittenberg Academy were often small, I was able to communicate with my teachers on a more frequent, personal level. Though my professors in college have more students, I learned that it is still incredibly valuable to maintain a good relationship with them, and this can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Asking thoughtful questions in class, meeting privately to discuss class work, or reaching out for help are all ways to facilitate a good relationship and show professors that you take their classes seriously. Furthermore, this has shown me the value of making connections with those outside my immediate social circle, and will serve me well beyond college.
Wittenberg Academy’s asynchronous method of teaching has aided me, especially in how I approach challenges like time management and taking initiative. While some might look at online school or homeschool as a hindrance to “higher education,” I would argue just the opposite. The skills you learn at Wittenberg will not set you behind your fellow students, should you choose to attend college; rather, they will be an advantage.
While nothing can completely halt the feeling of nervousness you get upon arriving at college, there is no need to experience compounded fear because you are an online or homeschool graduate. You should embrace this background and the skills you have developed because of it, as well as look forward to a new journey. Building these life-long skills when you are young more than prepares you for college. Even more, they are among the best ways to give glory to God through the many vocations you serve in now as well as in the future. + ESR
Miss Emeline Ring is a 2017 Wittenberg Academy graduate and now attends Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN.
“Do Not Fear:” Why homeschooled students should embrace their schooling as they transition into college
“But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” The encouragement we receive from God in the third chapter of Peter’s first letter to the first-century Christians (and to us today) can truly be intimidating, especially in our world, which has become intensely hostile to the Word of God. Think about this verse of scripture: Always be prepared. “Always” is a powerful adverb. Rarely if ever are we “always” anything. Peter’s imperative continues: “Always be prepared.” The more we ponder, the less encouraging this passage of scripture sounds. Like final examinations or papers worth a significant portion of a term grade, this sentence of command pounds on our ears: rigid, demanding, cold. Even if we thought we were fairly prepared, now we start to question it, and we haven’t even been asked to give the testimony yet! Fear…worry…doubt – these emotions can easily creep into our minds. What if I don’t know what to say? What if my neighbor knows more about science than I do? What if I can’t explain why I believe in Jesus? What if my friend says, “Give me an answer more than, ‘The Bible tells you so.’” What if…?
Take heart. This imperative is used frequently to comfort and encourage one another. Interestingly, it is also God’s Word of comfort to us. Did you notice that most discussions about I Peter 3:15 begin with Peter’s imperative to “always be prepared”? However, there is an entire sentence prior to this, which is also a part of the verse. It reads, “But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord.” Take heart. In your baptism, you were bought and marked with the blood of the Lamb. Christ now lives in you. The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus calls “The Comforter,” causes your heart to revere Christ as Lord. It is Christ in us who makes us prepared to give that answer. On our own, we cannot. As we confess in the explanation to the third article, “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to Him. But the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.” Take heart, for Christ lives in us, and His Word and Spirit prepare us to give the reason for the hope we have.
I also love the middle section of this verse, which says, “to everyone who asks.” When I read it, I wonder, “Why will people ask me to give reason for the hope that I have?” Many times, these questions come forward in casual conversations. They come, not from strangers, but from friends or neighbors – people with whom I have occasional contact. It tells me that people are watching and listening and observing what I say and do. It also tells me that they aren’t going to ask if I act as a person without hope. We live in a time where despair and an abandonment of hope might seem easy to do. Abortion has been legal in our country for 45 years; the lines between what God defines as men, women, and marriage have come under assault; and man’s fleeting feelings about what is right and wrong often dominate over God’s Holy Word. Take heart. Peter encourages us to be prepared when people ask us why we have hope. A candle will seem most bright in the darkest spaces; likewise, the hope that lives within you as a redeemed child of God will shine most brightly in our world that is so darkened by sin.
A world that is formed by evolutionary chance, while providing people with a temporary sense of individual freedom, ultimately removes hope from people’s lives. It removes purpose from people’s lives. Those quintessential existential questions of “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?” receive no answers but only deafening silence from an evolutionary worldview. However, you and I know the Truth, and the Truth was there “in the beginning” when God created the heavens and the earth, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, the creeping things upon the earth and mankind in His image. The Truth has told us through His Word, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” We live in a world that has been left blind to the Truth in the name of pseudo-truth called “science.” Of course, this is not to say that no science is truth; the body of human knowledge that is truthful in the arena of science is immense, and we praise God for the blessing of human intelligence that has brought about earthly benefits from scientific discoveries; nevertheless, where anything is spoken in the name of science that contradicts the clear message of the Word of God, that “science” is not the truth, for God’s Word is Truth. The Truth that we have and Whom we know gives us hope, and as we let that hope shine forth, people will wonder why we are different and what it is that we have that they do not. These people, too, need to take heart, so be prepared when they ask, and, as Peter states, do so “with gentleness and respect.”
These words also tell me that I do need to be prepared to have an answer. Yes, Christ lives within us and gives us His Words of comfort and peace and encouragement. Nonetheless, we also are given minds to exercise and knowledge to master. Those who have rejected God and the Bible set their minds to “know” the world apart from God. They have created elaborate theories and propositions, some of which have indoctrinated many in our society. Thus, we must not only be armed with the Word of God as we prepare to give testimony, but we must also be diligent in our study of human knowledge so that we can articulate truth in a world that often has been deceived by our post-modern culture.
Perhaps you now are saying, “But I am still young. How can I possibly give a testimony when there are so many around me who are older and who have been entrenched longer in the ways of the world?” For you, dear scholars at Wittenberg Academy, I place before you these words of Paul to the young pastor, Timothy, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity,” (I Timothy 4:12). Look diligently to your studies, not solely for personal gain of knowledge to serve the self alone, but because in your growth of knowledge and the Truth, you will be that beacon of light and hope for those around you. And when people ask you for the reason you have to hope, you can and you WILL be prepared to share the answer with them and to say to them with compassion and love, “Take heart.”
Mrs. Erika Mildred teaches Natural Philosophy for Wittenberg Academy.
"While I could not completely prepare myself for the business of college, I have found, after my first semester, that the education I received at Wittenberg Academy more than prepared me for college. "
Here are our New Quadrivium courses we will be
offering starting the 2018-19 Academic Year!
Registration is Open
for the 2018-19 Academic Year!
Arithmetic, numerical fluency, and mathematically thinking through different situations are necessary skills for more advanced and abstract mathematics. As with so many topics, looking through the lens of history often provides different vantage points, contexts, and notations than what we are currently using. This course provides opportunity for students to gain fluency with math facts and gain confidence and understanding with fractions and decimals as we encounter these topics at various points in time. Students will learn to approach problems from different angles through working problems with historic formatting and more modern puzzles.
Numbers can be comforting to some people because they can be concrete and absolute in basic studies. Moving to advanced studies requires using numbers abstractly, which is a different skill. This course extends arithmetic and numeracy skills through real problems, such as figuring out the interest of credit card payments, but also uses those problems to prompt thinking about the abstract side of numbers to prepare for more advanced study through generalized use of formulas and integers.
This course uses the writings of Leonard Euler as a framework to train minds to find similarities and missing information. It will focus on number work such as expressing, solving, and graphing linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and logarithms; identifying, solving, and graphing two and three variable systems; recognizing and working with radical numbers; and transforming and factoring expressions and equations. These skills will then be extended into scientific, literary, historical and daily usages.
Once students have learned how to manipulate various types of numbers and values in Quadrivium I, they will use that knowledge to explore real world scenarios in highly specific mathematical language of numbers, equations, and graphs. Students will work with direct and indirect proportions and statistics and probability to see how numbers can be used to describe their environment and societal behaviors. They will build on their graphing knowledge with the study of basic trigonometry to explore practical topics from navigation techniques to the motion of waves.
“Let no man enter here who does not know geometry.”- Plato
Plato knew that the study of geometry, with its specific definitions and logical arguments about simple topics such as triangles was a necessary step to contemplating more complex material like virtue, goodness, and beauty.
This course begins with the reading and study of Euclid’s Elements. It uses Books I, VI and XI to form a basis to practice forming and structuring arguments about concrete topics. It uses Books II-XIII to give examples of well structured arguments that build on each new definition and proposition throughout the entire text.
The course continues by reading philosophers, such as Plato, and discussing how their arguments can parallel Euclid’s, as well exploring some more difficult to define aspects of humanity and earthly life.
Physics is the study of nature and properties of matter and energy. The introduction to the English translation of Isaac Newton's Principia : the mathematical principles of natural philosophy says, "Thus, the diligent student of science, the earnest seeker of truth, led, as through the courts of a sacred Temple, wherein, at each step, new wonders meet the eye, till, as a crowning grace, they stand before a Holy of Holies, and learn that all science and all truth are one which hath its beginning and its end in the knowledge of Him whose glory the heavens declare, and whose handiwork the firmament showeth forth." When we study Physics, we study the realities of an ordered creation, spoken into being by the mouth of God. Students will study the history of Physics, read the writings of various influential Physicists, and complete written exercises during their study of Physics.
The discovery of calculus was one of the high points in the history of mathematics. In this course, limits, differentiation, and integration will be developed, and the basic applications of single-variable Calculus will be explored. This course will emphasize memorization, drilling, and review – the elements of Calculus should become second nature so that skills in applying these elements to the various problems within the scope of Calculus can be developed. The different elements of Calculus will also be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.
Quadrivium IV, with Calculus and Physics taught in tandem, allows students to see the immediate application of both areas of study.
Martin Luther said, "Astronomy is the most ancient of all sciences, and has been the introducer of vast knowledge... I like astronomy and mathematics, which rely upon demonstrations and sure proofs." Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.
The discovery of calculus was one of the high points in the history of mathematics. This course is the completion of the single-variable Calculus sequence. The techniques of integration will be developed, and applications of single-variable Calculus concepts will be explored. With the elements of Calculus at hand, this course will emphasize problem solving exercises and review. The various problems encountered in this course will also be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.
Quadrivium V, with Calculus and Astronomy taught in tandem, allows students to see the immediate application of both areas of study.
If we could see below
The sphere of vertue, and each shining grace,
As plainly as that above doth show ;
This were the better skie, the brighter place.
God hath made starres the foil
To set off vertues ; griefs to set off sinning :
Yet in this wretched world we toil,
As if grief were not foul, nor vertue winning.
On the Road with Wittenberg Academy
Recent and upcoming travels
South Wisconsin District Convention June 10-12, 2018
Concordia University Wisconsin
Minnesota South District Convention June 21-23, 2018
Concordia University St. Paul
St. Paul, MN
Iowa West District Convention June 24-26, 2018
Iowa East District Convention June 29-30, 2018
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
Higher Things July 3-6 , 2018
A point of confession
2017-2018 Academic Calendar
MICHAELMAS TERM: September 5, 2017 - November 22, 2017
CHRISTMAS TERM: November 27, 2017 - March 2, 2018
(Thanksgiving Break November 23-26, Christmas Break December 23 - January 7)
EASTER TERM: March 5, 2018 - May 25, 2018 (Easter Break March 29-April 2)
TRINITY TERM: June 4, 2018 - August 24, 2018 (No Class Independence Day, July 4)
"With this Word you can strengthen your conscience and say: If a hundred thousand devils, together with all fanatics, should rush forward, crying, How can bread and wine be the body and blood of Christ? I know that all spirits and scholars together are not as wise as is the Divine Majesty in His little finger. Now, here stands the Word of Christ: "Take, eat; this is My body. Drink ye all of this; this is the new testament in My blood," etc. Here we abide, and would like to see those who will constitute themselves His masters, and make it different from what He has spoken. It is true, indeed, that if you take away the Word, or regard it without the Word, you have nothing but mere bread and wine. But if the words remain with them, as they shall and must, then, in virtue of the same, it is truly the body and blood of Christ. For as the lips of Christ say and speak, so it is, as He can never lie or deceive.."
~ Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord, VII 22-23
from Kloria Publishing
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Wittenberg Academy's 3rd Annual Family Retreat
Wittenberg Academy held their 3rd Annual Family Retreat on April 26-28, 2018. Many good conversations were had and memories made. Our plenary speaker, Mr. Aaron Wolf, spoke on natural law. Many families were able to make connections with other homeschool families and exchange thoughts and ideas.
We look forward to next year's retreat on April 25-27, 2019 with speaker Dr. Thomas Korcok. We hope you can join us!
The WALTHER group from Chatfield, Minnesota practiced their vocabulary by playing a game of Human Scrabble. They split up in teams to create their own small playing boards, and then came together to create a large board.
Photos taken by Michelle McBride
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