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Paideia Ponderings

Paideia Ponderings

By Dr David Stanton
A podcast focused on classical Christian education themes
Why Latin?
Why do classical Christian schools study and emphasize Latin so much?  What is wrong with studying Spanish, French, Chinese or some other modern languages?  Won't these better help prepare students for jobs?  Listen and find out!
January 24, 2021
Considering a change in schooling?
Are you wondering what has happened in schools over the last 10 months?  Looking for a change?  Wondering if you should be looking for a change?  Listen to some reasons that impact the lives of students academically, emotionally, and spiritually and consider attending our Open House on January 24.
January 19, 2021
Why Memorize?
Why should students be expected to memorize things any longer?  Don't we have the internet, Alexa, and Siri for that?
January 17, 2021
Classical Christian education in a nutshell
What is classical Christian education? Why is it so critically important in today’s world? Join Dr. David Stanton as he explores the basics of classical Christian education, its role in today’s society, and the importance that it plays and developing the future leaders in our students.
January 12, 2021
Why Classical & Christian?
What is the idea behind mixing classical and Christian in to an educational model?  Doesn't classical simply mean Greek and Roman pagans?  How do we navigate this and ensure we are adhering to the Truth of the Bible?  Listen to find out!
January 7, 2021
Happy New Year 2021
Are you done with 2020? Are you ready and can’t wait for 2021? Well as we enter new year be encouraged by some of the truths that God has for you and focus not just on resolutions that won’t last past January but on what God has in store for you and 2021.
December 30, 2020
Merry Christmas
A quick run through of some of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah and a celebration of the Light of the world, Jesus Christ.
December 23, 2020
Testing Worldview in our schools, Part 2
Part 1 of a two-part podcast on testing the worldview of schools.  Part 2 focuses on Christian schools and how parents and families can and should ensure their Chrisitan school is not drifting from Truth by embracing the world.
December 16, 2020
Testing Worldview in our schools, Part 1
Part 1 of a two-part podcast on testing the worldview of schools.  Part 1 focuses on public or government-run schools.
December 14, 2020
The legend of Santa Claus
Learn a little more about Jolly Old St. Nicholas and the traditions and history surrounding the real person known as St. Nicholas.  Hear about the greatest lessons of his life and how they should continue to impact us today.
December 9, 2020
A Merry Christmas from Oakdale.
What is the true meaning of Christmas?  Is it shopping, movies, decorations?  Listen to hear that timeless message of sacrifice by the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
December 4, 2020
What is paideia?
What is this Greek term paideia and what does it mean?  How does it apply to classical Christian education (CCE)?
December 1, 2020
Thoughts on Thanksgiving
Some thoughts about the importance of thanking God as we enter Thanksgiving week and listening to the words of John Winthrop's message from 1630.
November 20, 2020
Dedication - 2020-2021
A recap of our Prayer and Dedication event for the 2020-2021 School Year.
August 24, 2020
Pandemics and Riots
What is our response as a school during this time?
June 2, 2020
Why 180 days and testing?
Why do we have to go to school for 180 days and do all this standardized testing only to have it wiped clean with a stroke of the pen?
April 14, 2020
COVID-19 and Education
How do we in education respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus?  Here are some thoughts from Dr. David Stanton, Headmaster of Oakdale Academy.
March 19, 2020
Why School?
Why do we have school?  In this quick episode, begin to explore the true reasons for education and what the real role of a teacher is in the process.
March 3, 2020
Secular Humanism
What is secular humanism and why is it dangerous?  How do we combat this growing influence?
January 29, 2020
Should Churches Support Christian Education?
With all the cultural issues surrounding our youth, Bible-based churches should support Christian education.
January 21, 2020
What is the goal of education
Join Dr. David Stanton, Headmaster at Oakdale Academy, as he discusses the goals of education. What do you want your children to learn at school? Hear the differences in public, Christian and Classical Christian education and why it's important to your child or children. For more information go to
November 22, 2019
What is wrong about IB (International Baccalaureate)
Join Oakdale Academy Headmaster, Dr. Stanton, as he discusses the International Baccalaureate and classical Christian education.
October 31, 2019
Classical Athletics: It's how you play the game.
Join Dr. David Stanton as he talks with Oakdale Academy's Athletic Director, Coach DiAntonio about athletics in a Christian, classical school environment.
August 24, 2019
A short history of education
Join Dr. David Stanton in a short history of education which explores the origins of education and how Oakdale Academy uses classical education to instill Character, Truth and Wisdom to prepare students for a life of service to God, family, community, and country. To learn more go to To contact Oakdale Academy about admissions you can email us at For questions please email us at
August 10, 2019
Salt and Light, Really?
Episode 1 - join me as we look at the true meaning of 'salt and light' for our children and the pitfalls involved.
August 5, 2019