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Paideia Ponderings

Paideia Ponderings

By Dr David Stanton
A podcast focused on classical Christian education themes
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Partnering with Parents
Partnership - what does it mean and what does it look like in school? Listen to find out how that works at a Classical Christian school.
September 16, 2022
Thoughts on a liberal arts education
What do we mean by a liberal arts education?  Isn't that just "liberal"/progressive?  Listen to learn more in-depth what it really means and why it is so important.
September 06, 2022
Why is a mission so important for a classical Christian school - or really any school?  What is unique about our mission here at Oakdale Academy? Listen to our podcast to find out more.
September 01, 2022
John Milton on education
A quick glance at some items from John Milton, a prolific English author and poet who wrote a great deal about education, notably his work "On Education" from 1644.  What is, for Milton, the chief aim of education?  Listen to find out more.
August 26, 2022
Convocation 2022
Before the start of each school year, we gather as a community to pray for and dedicate our school and school year to the Lord.  This year, at Convocation, we reaffirmed standing for Truth as we seek to pass on our culture and heritage through the cultivation of virtue.
August 25, 2022
Classical Christian Education - philosophy and practicality
What does a classical Christian education really look like?  What philosophy is it rooted in?  What does a school day or course of study look like?
August 11, 2022
What to look for in a school system?
Take a few minutes to learn about what things are important and what things should you consider in choosing a school or school system/setting for your children. We will look at foundations and core beliefs and how they translate to outcomes on this episode.
August 09, 2022
Commencement 2022
Our send off to the seniors and graduates of the Class of 2022.
May 20, 2022
What is zeitgeist and what is the response of a Classical Christian school?
May 06, 2022
Exciting news 2
Join us and here are some of the exciting plans for our master campus development at school.
April 18, 2022
Liberty Dinner - "State of the School"
Listen to our State of the School address from our Liberty Campaign Dinner on March 11 to hear about Classical Christian education and Oakdale Academy.
March 13, 2022
Exciting things
A quick preview of some exciting things happening at Oakdale Academy as we hit spring 2022.
March 07, 2022
St. Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day.  Listen to this short podcast (with thanks to the American Minute) on some of the history of the man named Valentine.
February 14, 2022
Eternal impact
What is the impact that a child’s education has? What are the things that are most important when it comes to education?
January 25, 2022
Snapshot of Classical and Christian education
Listen for a snapshot of Classical Christian Education and more details on our Open House this Sunday from 2-5 p.m. There will be a presentation at 3:00 that day for more on Classical Christian Education.  Click on to RSVP and learn more!
January 20, 2022
Why Latin?
Why Latin?  Click to learn a few reasons as to why the study of Latin is a great opportunity for all students.
January 13, 2022
New Year's Resolutions
What should a new year's resolution look like?  Click to learn more from the wisdom of "Pilgrim's Progress".
January 05, 2022
Merry Christmas from all of us at Oakdale Academy.
December 21, 2021
What is the goal of a Classical Christian education (CCE)?
What is the goal of a Classical Christian education?  Is it an Ivy League university?  Job training?  What?  Listen to find out more.
December 20, 2021
Tuition, Safety, and Soccer
What is the link between these three?  Listen and find out! One thing that makes us unique is we are ensuring tuition remains affordable for our families as we believe Classical Christian education is the best method for preparing students with a biblical worldview.
December 15, 2021
Good Soil
What is taught at a Classical Christian School?  What is the difference?  Listen to learn about the Good Soil project from the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) and how it relates to the foundational importance of education.
December 13, 2021
How to choose a school
Some thoughts on how to choose the school as we enter in the admissions enrollment season. Also a special note about a generous matching donation for the next 11 days.
December 10, 2021
How to process tragedy
Some thoughts on how to process last week's tragedy in Oxford, MI.
December 06, 2021
Primer on CCE (and Open House info)
Listen to this episode for a brief primer on Classical Christian Education (CCE) and how to register for our Open House on January 23, 2022 at Oakdale Academy!
December 06, 2021
Thanksgiving Day
A few thoughts on Thanksgiving. From Wm Bradford to George Washington and Sarah Hale to Abraham Lincoln, the importance of paying homage to God and thanking Him for His blessings needs to be reborn in America.
November 22, 2021
Veterans Day
Listen to our tribute to our nation's Veterans as we celebrated on November 11.
November 15, 2021
Celebrating at our fall fundraiser
With an incredibly successful fall fundraiser, enjoy a "replay" of our celebration and thankfulness for the Mission God gives us to carry out each day at Oakdale Academy.
October 29, 2021
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 07, 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 02, 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 01, 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 04, 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 03, 2021
Abraham Whipple
Another of the heroes and great men who helped form the United States - Commodore Abraham Whipple.
July 02, 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 04, 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 03, 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 09, 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 09, 2021
Democracy or Republic?
Is the United States a democracy or a republic?  Does it matter?  What's the difference?
April 07, 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 06, 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 04, 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 07, 2021
HR5 - the Equality Act.  How do Christian organizations need to view this legislation?
March 04, 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 05, 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 07, 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 09, 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 04, 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 01, 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 02, 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 03, 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 05, 2019