Live Oak continually seeks to improve our academic, athletic and spiritual programs. Our standard is excellence, not perfection. Building upon previous platforms, we have implemented a Virtue Education program for our Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric Schools. Virtue has a very strong connection to classical education. Quintilian said that an orator is a good man speaking well. James K. A. Smith puts it this way: “. . .education is not primarily a heady project concerned with providing information; rather, education is most fundamentally a matter of formation, a task of shaping and creating a certain kind of people. What makes them a distinctive kind of people is what they love or desire–what they envision as “the good life” or “the ideal picture of human flourishing.” Classical education has always been about forming the soul as well as the mind.
Each quarter students in each school will discuss a primary cardinal virtue with three other relative “sub virtues”. For example, during the first quarter of the year, our cardinal virtue will be Justice with the students also examining Hospitality, Courtesy and Kindness. Teachers will present the virtues though stories, Bible verses, role playing activities and many other means. The format will facilitate exchange between the teacher and student rather than simple information dissemination. Additionally we would like to involve you, our Live Oak parents, in this endeavor. We will post resources and information on the website so that the conversations may continue and go deeper in your home. Prayerfully, the Live Oak community will begin to share a common language and practice of virtues through which we can encourage one another.
4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.