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A lecture given on Saturday, March 11

Putting Sports in their Place: Balancing Athletics, Family Life, and College Expectations


Mr. Thompson and Mr. Berthe share with us a proper understanding of a commonly misprioritized activity. Athletics are important, but for reasons that sometimes escape us. Listen to these two Heights teacher-coaches talk about our sons' true love, and how we can do more to help them get the most from their athletic experience at The Heights and beyond.

A lecture given on Saturday, January 21

“You GET to take Latin”: On the Benefits of Classical Studies in the 21st Century


Few people speak Latin; even fewer speak ancient Greek. Why do we study these languages here at The Heights? Why do we REQUIRE our students to study Latin? Is it out of a quaint fascination with the old and the ancient? Or, are there both practical and noble, servile and liberal, reasons to study not only the languages of the ancients but their texts as well?

A lecture given on Saturday, December 10

On Hobbits and Adventures: Why Tolkien is a Central Element of The Heights Curriculum


Mr. Joe Breslin and Mr. Tom Cox discuss how they teach Tolkien to their students, and, most importantly, why.

A lecture given on Saturday, November 12

Family: The Most Formative School


It is within the natural context of family life that children are raised and formed as human beings. The parental role in human formation is essential and governed by love, a love which can naturally and optimistically draw forth from children the best that is in them and which finds its fullest expression in the task of educating and guiding them towards what is right and good.

A lecture given on Saturday, October 15

The Teacher as the Liberal Artist


Dr. Matt Mehan and Mr. Tom Longano devote a lecture to the "Arts of Liberty." In this lecture, Dr. Mehan explains what they are and why we need to practice them, and Mr. Longano shares a lecture he delivered at Oxford over the summer about the teaching of the Liberal Arts.

A lecture given on Saturday, September 17

“Wimpy Kids” and Don Juans: Shaping your Son’s Moral Imagination


Boys develop a world view and paradigm that informs much of how they see themselves and their obligations to the world around them. This view informs not only their macro view, but also their smaller interactions with day to day situations. What is this view, or moral imagination, why does it matter, and how do we shape it for the good?

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