April 10, 2014

The Liberal Arts: Beautiful and Useful

In the preface to The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde wrote, “All art is quite useless”–and he meant it in a good way. A similar claim is often made for or against the liberal arts, the subjects that we study for their own sake because they are interesting or beautiful or culture-building or truth-revealing.

The Pacifica mission is formally expressed in this statement: “Pacifica Christian, a liberal arts high school, is devoted to teaching young men and women to think critically and wisely, instilling heartfelt joy and interest in learning, while encouraging lives of faith, character, and service to the glory of God.”

One of many natural results of fulfilling this mission is that graduates are prepared to succeed in college and the workforce. Andrew Benett, CEO of the marketing communications agency Havas Worldwide and author of The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First, explains some of the reasons in this recent article. We encourage you to consider and evaluate Benett’s points.

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A Lesson from George Washington - Happy Thanksgiving

Being thankful for every aspect of our lives creates a foundation for thinking and living well. As we become increasingly grateful for our ability to think, reason, and explore the world God created, we become better students. As we grow in appreciation for the people with whom we share life, we become better spouses, friends, and citizens. As we grow in gratefulness for our failures and the trials we encounter—that God is in the process of redeeming—we enjoy a deeper experience of peace. As we grow in our gratitude for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we experience true joy.

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