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Paideia Ponderings

Paideia Ponderings

By Dr David Stanton
A podcast focused on classical Christian education themes
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No Reason to Fear the Things of the World
A chapel message from late September 2021 focused on Joshua 1:9.
September 29, 2021
Classical Christian Education Primer
A short primer on Classical Christian education.
September 17, 2021
Remembering 9/11
I remember the sacrifices 20 years later
September 12, 2021
What is a 'good' school?
We often hear the phrase - "That's a good school!"  What does that really mean?  What is a 'good' school?  Listen to see how we start this conversation.
September 7, 2021
American exceptionalism - is it real?
So many even here in the United States say America is not exceptional - and it's wrong to claim we are.  Listen to hear our thoughts on this and why America is still an exceptional land.
September 2, 2021
Chapel - I am a child of God
Join us for our first Chapel message as we launch our school year theme, I am a child of God.
September 1, 2021
Thoughts on Afghanistan and Service
Some thoughts on the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.
August 27, 2021
Prayer and dedication
The replay of our prayer and dedication evening for the 2021 2022 school year
August 23, 2021
An Oakdale Academy education
What is an Oakdale Academy education?  Listen to our podcast from a talk to new families at the start of the 21-22 school year.
August 18, 2021
Life.  Why is it so controversial an issue?  Has it always been so?  Listen for a brief history of infanticide and abortion.
July 17, 2021
Declaration of Independence
We continue our tradition at Paideia Ponderings with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Happy Fourth of July!
July 4, 2021
John Adams
Listen to hear about one of those who had so much influence in so many areas of our nation's founding and its early life - from the creation of the Continental Navy, to helping author the Declaration of Independence, to sticking to his beliefs always, John Adams is someone to learn from.
July 3, 2021
Abraham Whipple
Another of the heroes and great men who helped form the United States - Commodore Abraham Whipple.
July 2, 2021
Patrick Henry Lee
"Give me liberty or give me death!"  Learn a bit more about Patrick Henry Lee and the speech that was so inspiring during March 1775.
June 30, 2021
John Quincy Adams
Remembering John Quincy Adams - Secretary of State, US Senator, US Representative, and President of the United States.  He fought for free speech and abolition for his entire life.  Perhaps known as the President who returned to service as a member of the House of Representatives where he famously fought the 'gag rule', preventing any petition against slavery to be proposed in the House.  Listen to learn more about this great man who died serving his country.
June 27, 2021
Sir William Blackstone
Another of the unsung heroes of the pre-Revolutionary era of the United States - Sir William Blackstone.  His ideas and work on the history of the laws of England inspired generations of American lawyers up through the mid-20th Century until activist judges entered the scene.  One of the generations he inspired wrote our Constitution.  
June 16, 2021
George Whitefield
George Whitefield - a man who followed the Lord, preached His Gospel, and inspired those who would become our Founding Fathers.  Learn more about his inspirational story on our podcast.
June 13, 2021
Memorial Day 2021
Let us pause today and honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion.
May 31, 2021
America the Beautiful
Enjoy learning more about this great patriotic song, America the Beautiful - from an Opening Ceremony in April 2020.
May 29, 2021
American exceptionalism
A blast from the past of an Opening Ceremony from May 2020 where we talk about Abraham Lincoln and American exceptionalism.
May 25, 2021
Reflections on a unique year
The 2020-2021 school year was one of the most unique in most of our lifetimes.  How do we respond and how do we respond?  As parents take back more control of their children's education, it's critical to understand what's next for classical Christian education and what's next for government run schooling.  The differences couldn't be more clear.
May 23, 2021
A Charge to our Graduates
Listen here for the words to our graduates from our Headmaster at Commencement, where we charge and encourage them to go in to the world and serve God, family, community, and country with the lessons and preparation given to them over their years at Oakdale Academy.
May 21, 2021
Education - what is it?
What does the term education mean?  What are we supposed to be doing in schools because of it?
May 17, 2021
What is worth fighting for?
Taking a cue from J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Two Towers", we ask the question 'What is worth fighting for?"
May 15, 2021
Pericles' Funeral Oration
How should we understand the importance and the wonder of living in a land such as ours?  Consider one of the greatest speeches ever given - from 431 B.C. - Pericles' Funeral Oration.
May 4, 2021
Finish Strong
How do we take our theme for the year to be a shining city on a hill and truly be prepared to serve God, family, community, and country?  Listen to our chapel message.
May 3, 2021
Ideas Have Consequences
"Ideas have consequences" Such an important quote rooted in the debate over the falling of Western civilization.  What does it mean for classical Christian schools?  Find out when you listen to our podcast.
April 25, 2021
You Know!
Reflections on a quote by Edmund Burke - "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know."  How does this apply to education?  Listen and find out (but you already likely know!).
April 23, 2021
Cultural Education Today
How do we respond to the cultural education of the day that seeks to focus on cancelling our culture and history rather than celebrating it?  Listen first to how two New Yorkers responded and then to how classical Christian education shapes future leaders in the opposite (and positive) way.
April 20, 2021
Nature of Education
With some help from William Federer and his book "Socialism: The Real History from Plato to the Present", hear about the true nature of education in our history and see if it is still right for your family.
April 17, 2021
City on a hill
Listen to this episode for an uplifting chapel message from April 14.
April 16, 2021
The Goals of Education
What are the goals of education?  Is it about a job?  College admittance?  Morals and virtue?  Listen in to this podcast to hear the differences between a government school and a classical Christian school.
April 9, 2021
Christian Founding?
Was America founded on Christian principles? What was in the mind of our Founders?  Did that affect how we were formed as a republic?
April 9, 2021
Democracy or Republic?
Is the United States a democracy or a republic?  Does it matter?  What's the difference?
April 7, 2021
Classical music under fire
Is classical music racist?  That's part of an argument brewing at Oxford University.  Listen and hear what is truly right about classical music.
April 6, 2021
Reflections on the Resurrection
He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!  Why is this so important?  What does it signify?  Listen and hear from C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Chuck Colson, along with the Gospel of Luke for some thoughts on the central critical event of world history - the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
April 4, 2021
Freedom of Religion and Christian ideals in the founding of the US
Freedom of religion. Why is it so important?  Was the United States truly founded on Christian ideals?  Listen to find out the truth.
March 29, 2021
Easter 2021
Happy Easter!  As we celebrate this holiest week in our Christian calendar, let us remember what we are called to do as believers in our Risen King, Jesus Christe.
March 26, 2021
What do we mean by "school" and "education"?
What do we mean when we use the words "education", "Academy", and "school"?  You might be surprised by what they should mean.  Listen to find out more!
March 26, 2021
Why is Classical Christian Education so important?
Why is classical Christian education (CCE) such a great form of education?  What is the return on investment for what you will spend in tuition?  Listen to get your answers!
March 22, 2021
Do we really want kids to use their imaginations?  YES!   Do they know how is a more important question today.  What is the role of imagination in schools?  Simple answer - critical.  Learn more by listening to the whole episode of Paideia Ponderings.
March 18, 2021
Critical Thinking or Logic?
Critical thinking v. logic?  Aren't they the same thing?  Listen to this episode of our podcast to find out for yourself!
March 17, 2021
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Enjoy hearing the Breastplate of St. Patrick.
March 16, 2021
An encouraging word
Has the last year weighed you down?  Do you need something to fix as your anchor?  Listen to this short episode with a reminder from a student recitation one year ago at the outset of lockdowns.
March 15, 2021
One year anniversary
It has been one year since the beginning of our health crisis around the world.  From an educational perspective, what have we learned?  What have we done differently?  Has it worked?  What are the enduring things we should be focused on in school?
March 14, 2021
Politics in School?
Christians in politics?  Schools talking politics?  Should we?  Find some answers on this episode of Paideia Ponderings.
March 10, 2021
What I wish I knew (about schools).
Have you ever wondered how the next leaders are trained?  Look no further than their education and school.  Look no further than what is going on in Arizona and Illinois (and likely other places).  If you don't know what those things are, this episode is perfect for you!  If you do, this episode should encourage and challenge you to ask some tough questions.
March 7, 2021
HR5 - the Equality Act.  How do Christian organizations need to view this legislation?
March 4, 2021
What is the cost of education?
Not tuition, but what is the cost of education?  What do we get after 13+ years of formal education?  Listen to find out what our nation can - and should - look like based on how we view education.
February 23, 2021
What makes a good teacher?
What makes a good teacher?  Why would someone come back to school year after year after year?  It's a calling and a joy.  Listen to find out more thoughts on teachers on our podcast.
February 19, 2021
What is a liberal arts education?
What is meant by "liberal arts"?  Is this something from the American Left?  Why would schools that call themselves classical support this?  Listen and find out the true meaning of "liberal" and "liberal arts".
February 18, 2021
What is the Academy?
Why do so many schools call themselves XX Academy?  What does that term mean?  Is it a charter school or a private school?  Why do we have so many academies? Listen to find out about the historical tradition of The Academy and to discern which schools are true to its meaning.
February 16, 2021
President's Day
Listen to learn about our first President, George Washington - a man who dedicated his life to service - to God, to family, to community, and to country.
February 14, 2021
St. Valentine's Day
Who was St. Valentine?  Why do we buy flowers and chocolates and send cards each February 14? Listen to our podcast to find out (with thanks to Bill Federer for his great article!).
February 13, 2021
Studying the Bible in Christian schools
What does biblical study look like in a Classical Christian School?  How is it taught?  How do we prevent simply glossing over the teaching of God's Word, assuming parents and the church are handling it? Do you want to support Paideia Ponderings?  Please click here to do so - 
February 5, 2021
History and Impact of CCE
Where did the classical Christian education (CCE) movement come from?  How large of a 'movement' is it?  What is the impact of this movement for the future?
January 31, 2021
How do we respond?
With so much 'up in the air' about the way our country is headed, what do we do?  How do we respond?  What is the role of a classical Christian school?  In response to reading Rod Dreher's new book, Live Not By Lies, we are called to keep going and hold fast to our classical methods to prepare students for life.  Listen to find out more.
January 29, 2021
STEM, STEAM, STREAM? What is the answer?
All we seem to hear about is some focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in modern education.  Now, though, we are told to add the Arts (STEAM) and/or Religion (STREAM).  What does it all mean? Listen to hear how the response should be a classical education - focused on a broad base in the liberal arts.
January 27, 2021
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