Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Words We Live By

In honor of a new school year at NCS, I'd like to list the pithy sayings and aphorisms that have developed within NCS lingo over the years to describe our experiences with classical and grace-based education.

I hope my colleagues & I will use these as springboards for future posts -- each sparks whole essays of thought about the messy task of educating the next generation.

New Covenant Words of Wisdom

Grace is messy.

Grace always costs the giver.

Education is about repentance.
(We're still arguing over the wording of this one. "Repentance" here doesn't carry its usual theological meaning.)

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
(Lori deeply disagrees with this one unless it's heavily clarified. ;-)

Everything must be riddled with complications.
(stole that one from the Dodds family)

Anything worth doing will be difficult.

Presenting every child complete in Christ

We must start families/kids where they are, not "where they should be" (originally from Matt Whitling)


  1. I could also add the three cardinal rules of NCS Life (essentially, we could boil down the rulebook to just these):

    1. Love God with everything you are
    2. Love your neighbor as if he were you
    3. Don't hurt the building.

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