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Anchored by the Classic Learning Test

Anchored is published by the Classic Learning Test. Hosted by CLT leadership, including our CEO Jeremy Tate, Anchored features conversations with leading thinkers on issues at the intersection of education and culture. New discussions are released every Thursday. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Why a Homeschool Dad Serves on a Public School Board | Tom McFadden
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Tom McFadden, Vice President of Enrollment at Christendom College. The two discuss Tom’s journey in finding Christendom College as an international student. They talk about Christendom’s new president, Dr. George Harne, and the difficulty of adhering to a school’s mission amid a culture of compromise. The two also dive into Tom’s unique situation as a father of eleven homeschooled kids who serves on a public school board and his reason for why public schools shouldn’t be abandoned altogether.  
27:28 6/13/24
The International Influence of the Classics | Anya Leonard
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Anya Leonard, founder and director of Classical Wisdom, a site dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds. Anya discusses her experience as a well-traveled individual and unpacks her experience in her current home, Buenos Aires, as a culture steeped in culture. She discusses international interest in the classics but highlights differences in the American renewal movement. The two also talk about the founding and purpose of Classical Wisdom and how to cultivate a love of learning in children.
27:47 6/6/24
The Priceless Impact of Generosity in Higher Ed | Nicole Dunteman
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Nicole Dunteman, program director of Hope Forward at Hope College. The two discuss the difficulty of capturing virtue and character development in the form of quantitative data. They unpack the Hope Forward program, a cohort of students whose tuition is fully funded by Hope College alumni, and the importance of cyclical generosity and gratitude. They also talk about the program as a solution to the problem of accessibility in classical education and its applicability to a range of other models and aims. 
28:13 5/30/24
An Apology for the Philosophy Major | Travis Dickinson
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Travis Dickinson, professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University and author of several books including most recently Wandering Toward God: Finding Faith amid Doubts and Big Questions. They discuss philosophy as not only a useful subject but an unavoidable one in respect to philosophical commitments and the consequences of ideas. They explore the best ways to cultivate curiosity and sharpen a student’s critical thinking skills. Dickinson also presents his apology for the philosophy major.
28:03 5/23/24
Serving the Needs of the Homeschool Community | Keith Ramsdell and Rich Policz
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by two Ashland University faculty members—Keith Ramsdell, the vice president for enrollment and Rich Policz, the associate director of student programs at the Ashbrook Center. They discuss the new Ashbrook Center program for homeschooled students, serving their needs with free tutoring, workshops, and dual enrollment support. They also talk about the homeschooled students from a professor’s point of view as a more conversational, more patriotic kind of student. They conclude by exploring the university’s new classical learning minor and the future of the Ashbrook Center. 
24:04 5/16/24
Are Research Universities Necessary for STEM Careers? | Office Hours with Jeremy Tate
On Office Hours with Jeremy Tate, Jeremy and Soren dive into the most recent, need-to-know news surrounding the education renewal movement. Tune in to hear about the correlation between classical higher education institutions and their comparative lack of riots. Soren and Jeremy also discuss the richness and success of classical school STEM programs and why liberal arts students do not need to fear the future of AI. 
20:18 5/14/24
The Posture of Curiosity | Michael Wildschut
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Michael Wildschut, Director of The January Series put on annually by Calvin University. The two discuss the value of both a gap year and a geography major, despite our modern culture’s tendency to disparage both. They also dive into The January Series itself along with the breadth of subjects and questions the lectures and lecturers examine. They explore the possibility of cultivating curiosity and its role in preserving a unified culture where learning is valued.
33:28 5/9/24
Equipping Schools for the Modern Student | Davies Owens
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Davies Owens, host of the BaseCamp Live podcast. They discuss classical education’s relevant work for modern students and their families. They dive into the new kinds of kids entering schools and how techno-influences have undermined attention spans. Davies also talks about the story behind the name, mission, and work of BaseCamp Live. 
29:13 5/2/24
Confronting the Future of Technology with Biblical Truth | Bill and Alexis Haughey
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Bill and Alexis Haughey, the founders of the Catholic Institute of Technology, an American, Catholic technical university opening in Italy this fall. The three discuss the university’s inception, courses, purpose, and future goals. They also unpack the importance of training up religious students to participate in the work the Vatican is already doing in confronting a technology-driven future.
26:00 4/25/24
The Classical School Ecosystem | Timothy Dernlan
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Timothy Dernlan, Vice President of Advancements and Consulting for the Association of Classical Christian Schools. The two talk about Timothy’s transition from coaching college sports to the world of classical, Christian education. They also discuss his journey from his first discovery of ACCS to his role now as Vice President. They conclude by exploring Timothy’s vision for a supportive classical school ecosystem and the encouraging trends in the classical school movement. 
28:39 4/18/24
The Great Educational Disconnect | John Burtka
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by John Burtka, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. They discuss Burtka’s new book: Gateway to Statesmanship, and they explore the persisting relevance of the first principles of the classical tradition. They also talk about the dangers of the vast educational disconnect between the Founders and our current leaders, and how ISI is working to fix that. 
25:43 4/11/24
Is Classical Education conservative or Conservative? | Office Hours with Jeremy Tate
On Office Hours with Jeremy Tate, Jeremy and Soren dive into the most recent, need-to-know news surrounding the education renewal movement. Tune in to hear about the recent article published by The New Yorker on classical education and an exciting announcement from Christendom College. Jeremy and Soren conclude by talking about their strategies for learning other languages and the importance of being familiar with a diverse linguistic tradition. 
17:51 4/9/24
How To Transform American Culture | Krystyn Schmerbeck
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Krystyn Schmerbeck, the Director of Graduate Studies in Classical Education at Benedictine College. The two talk about how Krystyn’s experience in the religious community has informed her educational philosophy. They dive into her advice for Catholic schools trying to remain faithfully Catholic, and the power of a classical education master’s program to transform American culture. With the application deadline coming up soon, they also talk about Benedictine’s ideal candidate for their master’s program. This year, Benedictine is hosting the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE), National Conference. Click here to learn more or register for their waitlist.
29:30 4/4/24
Integrating Economics Into a Classical Education | Clara Piano
On this episode of Anchored, Noah Tyler is joined by Clara Piano, Assistant Professor of Economics at Austin Peay State University. The two explore an understanding of economics that focuses on human relationships, not money. They parse out the good, the true, and the beautiful of economic practice, and how it could be integrated into a classical education. Piano also illustrates a brief history of economic thought and speculates on how widespread economic literacy could change our society for the better. Click here for Clara Piano’s article, “The Place of Economics in a Classical Education.”Click here for Friedrich Hayek’s article, “The Use of Knowledge in Society.”
32:52 3/28/24
Athletics as Virtue in Action | Joe Patterson
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Joe Patterson, Vice President of Enrollment and Director of Athletics at Ave Maria University. The two discuss the proper relationship between higher education and sports, as well as the importance of keeping a school’s mission in focus even where athletic programming is concerned. 
28:38 3/21/24
Could There Be Hope for the Ivy Leagues? | Office Hours with Jeremy Tate
On Office Hours with Jeremy Tate, Jeremy and Soren dive into the most recent, need-to-know news surrounding the education renewal movement. Tune in to hear about the alarming illiteracy rate in Illinois schools and a “woke kindergarten program” in San Francisco. A Catholic liberal arts college in New York is eliminating several majors and minors, including philosophy and religious studies. However, the surprising news that Dartmouth and Yale are reintroducing mandatory standardized testing for college admissions brings a glimmer of hope for the Ivy Leagues.
19:34 3/19/24
Why the Classics Are for Everyone | Faith Moore
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Faith Moore, freelance writer, editor, and mom. The two talk about her new book, Christmas Karol, a modern retelling of Dickens' classic that follows a workaholic mom who rediscovers the joy of being with her kids. They also discuss her new podcast, Storytime for Grownups, which she hopes will help adults fall in love with classic works. 
25:28 3/14/24
The Four Levers of the Educational Apocalypse | Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, mentor teacher at John Adams Academy and founder of City of Truth.  After 33 years in the classical school movement, Steven shares advice for young teachers and discusses the four levers that control education in America. They also address the challenge of finding qualified teachers in a secular humanism era.
23:04 3/7/24
Transcendent Themes That Confront Temporal Pain | Winston Brady
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Winston Brady, Director of Curriculum and Thales Press at Thales Academy, and author of The Inferno: A Novel. They discuss the growth of Thales Academy, its unique logic curriculum, and Winston’s new book inspired by Dante, Tolkien, Bunyan, and his own mental health journey.Get 20% off your copy of The Inferno: A Novel with code CLASSIC20 here: http://bit.ly/3TwW7VA
41:39 2/29/24
The Lost Art of Disagreeing Agreeably | James Fishback
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy and Kimberly are joined by James Fishback, founder of Incubate Debate. The three discuss how debate programs in American public schools have devolved in recent years by stifling free and honest speech. They explore the merits of debate as a way to assess the long-term consequences of immediate ideas. They also lament the lost art of disagreeing civilly but point to Incubate Debate and other Christian debate leagues as necessary, encouraging solutions. 
31:14 2/22/24
Education as Community Service | Sarah Scudder and Angel Parham
On this episode of Anchored, Kimberly is joined by Sarah Scudder and Angel Parham, co-founders of the Nyansa Classical Community. The three explore the need for classical education in communities where it does not typically exist. They also talk about success stories in which children found joy and support in their after-school and homeschool programs. Finally, they look at the ministry side of their outreach that equips parents, college students, and churches to serve their community through education. 
36:44 2/15/24
Thinking Prudently About Picking a College | Michael Williams
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Michael Williams, president of Harding University. The two dive into Harding’s commitment to excellence and commitment to faith, and how those two are intrinsically linked. They also talk about the importance of thinking prudently about the college decision-making process. They wrap up by talking about Harding University graduates and the college’s mission of cultivating their God-given horsepower to run toward the brokenness of humanity. 
27:01 2/8/24
Cultivating an "Unplugged" College Culture | Kyle Washut
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Kyle Washut, president of Wyoming Catholic College. The two discuss how the college helps students plug into the classical tradition by creating an "unplugged," present culture. They talk about the 21-Day Wilderness immersion exploration that every freshman goes on in order to fully engage with the created world. Kyle also explains the founding, goals, and structure of the school. 
27:59 2/1/24
Chronic Absenteeism, Classical Ed. Master's Degrees, and the Misleading SAT Debate | Office Hours with Jeremy Tate
On Office Hours with Jeremy Tate, a new segment of the Anchored podcast, Jeremy and Soren dive into the most recent, need-to-know news surrounding the education renewal movement.Tune in to hear how: public schools are struggling to keep their students in school; Benedictine College is offering two new classical education master's degrees; and a New York Times article advocates for standardized testing as an equalizer in the face of GPA inflation, but somehow fails to mention CLT.
18:04 1/30/24
A Testament to Traditional Education | CLT10 National Award Winners
On this special episode of Anchored, Soren welcomes three of the 2023 CLT10 National Award winners: Jack Ferrell, William Adkison, and Maylivia Barrett. The National Award winners are among the very top-performing sophomores on the CLT10. Tune in to hear the students discuss their test-taking experiences, share their future plans, and examine the unique challenges of the CLT10. They also explore the value of removing the pressure of test prep materials for a standardized test. The new Honors College at the University of Tulsa has announced it will be offering a full tuition scholarship for all CLT10 National Award winners! To learn more, visit utulsa.edu/honors
35:08 1/25/24
Latin and the Art of Slowing Down | Karen Moore
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Karen Moore and her student assistant, Naomi Noble from Grace Academy of Georgetown. Karen is the Classical Languages Chair at Grace Academy and the author of several books. The guests talk about how they first encountered the classics and how the study has allowed them to slow down and appreciate a wider world of language and history. They also discuss their current project: the inaugural Tournament of Laurels, taking place June 25-29 at Houston Christian University. Classical language students nationwide are invited to attend and participate in academic, oral, and fine arts competitions and events. 
43:09 1/18/24
Thinking Classically and Theologically About the Social Sciences | Robert Woods
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by Robert Woods, author, headmaster of Veritas Christian Academy, and a founder of the Great Books Honors program at Faulkner University. The two discuss the paideia approach to classical education that focuses on academic coaching and Socratic seminars over just lectures. Robert talks about the formation and design of the Great Books Honors program at Faulkner University. They also talk about his book, currently in the process of being published, “Neither Angel Nor Beast,” as a way to think classically and theologically about the social sciences.  
33:00 1/11/24
The Explanatory Power of History | James LaGrand
On this episode of Anchored, Soren is joined by James LaGrand, the director of the Messiah University Honors Program. The two discuss James’ love for the explanatory power of history. James describes the lost sense of wonder and discovery that accompanies the educational shift from teaching history to teaching social studies. They also talk about the honors program at Messiah University and how the Great Books have helped create community among the honors students. Today’s episode of Anchored is brought to you with support from America’s Christian Credit Union. Find out how ACCU can be the banking partner to your school or family by visiting americaschristiancu.com/CLT.
27:32 1/4/24
An Intervention in Higher Education | Stephen Blackwood
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Stephen Blackwood, president of Ralston College in Savannah, Georgia. For his return to the podcast, Stephen provides a one-year update on Ralston College’s first round of graduates. The two dive into the kinds of students that they have been accepted and encouragement for those looking to apply. They also discuss Ralston’s overall goal of intervening in higher education to create a college that is worthy of the tradition it seeks to transmit. Today’s episode of Anchored is brought to you with support from America’s Christian Credit Union. Find out how ACCU can be the banking partner to your school or family by visiting americaschristiancu.com/CLT.
26:08 12/28/23
Replicating Successful, Mission-Focused Pedagogy | Daniel Baillargeon
On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Daniel Baillargeon, founder and CEO of Mission Driven Catholic, a Catholic school resource that ​​provides leaders with the resources, spiritual support, and tools necessary to make mission-driven decisions. The two talk about Daniel’s journey into Catholic education through his time as a teacher, superintendent, and consultant. They also highlight examples of Catholic schools that have fully lived out their mission and the replicable pedagogy that helped them do it. Today’s episode of Anchored is brought to you with support from America’s Christian Credit Union. Find out how ACCU can be the banking partner to your school or family by visiting americaschristiancu.com/CLT.
27:59 12/21/23

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