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Mr. Michael's Walk Talks

Mr. Michael's Walk Talks

By William C. Michael
William C. Michael, founder of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, discusses classical Catholic education and all that relates to it.
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What Prevents Catholic Learning from Making Progress
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01:19:56
November 28, 2021
The Great Problem with Modern Catholic Education
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46:33
November 17, 2021
Pulled the Kids Out of School...Now What?
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53:47
November 14, 2021
Correspondence Studies in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy
If you would like to avoid the temptations and distractions of online courses, but would like the help of a remote tutor, you may be interested in correspondence studies in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.
39:46
November 12, 2021
High School Rescue Plan for Homeschool Students
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01:12:51
November 8, 2021
Confirmation and the Duties of Catholic Parents
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01:11:32
November 6, 2021
The Causes of Scrupulosity and its Remedies
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01:33:13
November 6, 2021
How to Master Standardized Tests without Compromise
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56:32
October 31, 2021
Why Catholic Schools Should Move to the Classical Liberal Arts
Time is running out for private Catholic schools to abandon the public school K-12 model and return to the timeless classical model of education that was employed by Catholics before the advent of the American public schools.
01:32:27
October 31, 2021
Intro to the Michael Family Podcast
William and Dania Michael introduce the first episode of the Michael Family Podcast, in which they will discuss the practical details of homeschooling and family life.
33:49
October 29, 2021
How to Teach Young Children
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01:19:12
October 28, 2021
Why the Ratio Studiorum is Important Today
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48:20
October 26, 2021
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, seems to pop up in half of the discussions I have with parents today. In this talk, I discuss the question of whether modern talk of "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" or "ADHD" is reasonable and what the cause and remedy appear to be. What are your thoughts? How do your experiences agree or differ? Please comment below. God bless you all, William C. Michael, Headmaster Classical Liberal Arts Academy https://classicalliberalarts.com
01:11:30
October 23, 2021
The Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour." (1 John 2:18)
01:24:34
October 17, 2021
Teachers Needed
For more information, visit: https://classicalliberalarts.com/teach
43:18
October 6, 2021
How Homeschool Parents Can Help their Children in the CLAA
In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we provide expert assessment that is available nowhere else. Our focus, however, is in the ideas and content of our lessons, not basic study skills. In this talk, Mr. Michael explains how homeschool parents can help their children is way that complements the help provided by the Academy's assignment review and feedback.
57:60
October 1, 2021
How to Read Latin
Mr. William Michael of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy explains what's necessary to read Latin fluently.
48:20
September 30, 2021
How "School" is Used as an Excuse to NOT Study
"Wisdom preacheth abroad, she uttereth her voice in the streets. At the head of multitudes she crieth out, in the entrance of the gates of the city she uttereth her words, saying: 'O children, how long will you love childishness, and fools covet those things which are hurtful to themselves, and the unwise hate knowledge?'." (Proverbs 1:20-22)
01:23:54
September 29, 2021
Why Catholics Can't Return to the Classical Liberal Arts
"No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”. (Luke 5:37-39)
01:43:30
September 29, 2021
Earthly Things Before Heavenly Things
"f I have spoken to you earthly things, and you believe not; how will you believe, if I shall speak to you heavenly things?" (John 3:12)
01:32:41
September 24, 2021
What's Wrong with Evolution AND Creation Science
Modern Christians are stuck in the midst of a false dilemma, pretending to wrestle with the question of how God created the world.  On one side the evolutionists revive the ancient, atomist philosophy of the Epicureans in the name of "science". On the other, Christians who have been in the same school of philosophy as the evolutionists falsely interpret the Scriptures, reading into them ideas that St. Augustine warned would come.  In this talk, Mr. William C. Michael discusses what's wrong with BOTH Evolution AND "Creation Science".  Join us for real classical Catholic studies in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy:  https://classicalliberalarts.com. 
01:50:19
September 23, 2021
Thinking about Schools in 2021
In 2021, modern K-12 schools are obsolete.  Thoughts of starting new schools lead us back to the first questions of goals and objectives--but few are asking these questions.  Instead they are planning copy and re-brand obsolete schools that can't be maintained elsewhere.  In this talk, Mr. William C. Michael of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy discusses the flaws of the K-12 school model and discusses what schools need to be in the 21st century. Please note that all of Mr. Michael's walk talks are extemporaneous, informal meditations made while he is out of the office.  They are not intended to be heard as prepared, "scholarly" lectures.  They are intended to present developing ideas and begin discussions that lead to solutions. For more information, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com.  
01:09:22
September 23, 2021
Christian Education Should Be Focused on Philosophy, Not Religion
In this talk, Mr. William C. Michael of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy discusses the role of Philosophy and Religion in Christian education.
01:43:05
September 19, 2021
The Consequences of Secular Occupations
Christian children are commonly misled by adults speaking to them unrealistically about the challenges of secular occupations and married life. At the same time the costs of religious life are discussed without relation to the benefits. Christian children need to know that secular occupations come with consequences.
01:19:48
September 15, 2021
How Parents Can Help Assess their Children's Studies
In this talk, William C. Michael explains how parents can be very helpful to their children--even if they don't know the content of their children's studies.
16:59
September 9, 2021
The Motives and Means of Studying History
In this talk, William C. Michael talks about how Catholic students can learn world history and what challenges they need to overcome to do so.
43:38
September 9, 2021
Sports and Christian Living
What is the role of sports in the Christian life?
01:34:09
September 3, 2021
The Best Education for Wealthy Families
In most areas of life, we find everyone in a "race for the bottom", trying to make everything cheaper to serve an increasingly poor customer base. While it is important to make necessary services available for poor familoes (which we do), it's also important to give wealthy families the opportunity to seek the best for the common good. In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the best education for wealthy families, and how to obtain it today.
59:07
August 20, 2021
Classical Astronomy vs. Modern Astronomy
In this walk talk, Mr. Michael discussed the study of Classical Astronomy and how it compares to modern Astronomy. To study Classical Astronomy in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, visit: https://classicalliberalarts.com
01:18:49
August 12, 2021
Where Should We Live?
Many Christians talk about dreams of moving to the country from the suburb, or from the farm to the city, but does it actually make a difference where a family lives? In this talk, Mr. William C. Michael discusses the differences between family life in an urban area, a suburban area and a rural area and how Catholic families can determine where they belong. +++ For more information about classical Catholic education in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
01:51:40
July 31, 2021
The Important Parent-Tutor Relationship in Homeschooling
Homeschooling is the cause of great unhappiness and grief in many Christian families. The potential of homeschool of wasted is not realized because parents don't understand how a homeschool should be organized and managed--and the homeschool publishers urge them into bad practices to sell books and services. In this talk, Mr. William C. Michael discusses the problems with homeschooling and the important relationship between homeschool parents and an expert tutor. +++ Don't just listen--please SHARE this video with Catholic friends and relatives and ACT on it. For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
01:30:55
July 31, 2021
Thinking Carefully about Modesty
In this talk, Mr. Michael considers the topic of modesty in light of the Gospel and mission of the Church. +++ For more information about classical Catholic education, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
01:50:44
July 31, 2021
What about the COVID Vaccine?
There's a great deal of controversy about vaccines in general and the COVID vaccine in particular. In this talk, Mr. Michael presents a different approach to the question that might provide a more reasonable answer. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
01:53:09
July 27, 2021
Gregorian Chant vs. Contemporary Worship Music
In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the history and philosophy of music and the question of forms of music in worship and beyond.
01:55:39
July 15, 2021
Classical Catholic Education and the SAT
In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the purpose of the SAT, what it dies, how it does it, and how students can prepare for it.
01:31:22
July 15, 2021
Returning to Oral Education
The printing press established books as the mode of communication and education in the modern world--but this has destroyed education. Technology allows us to return to spoken word education.
01:38:59
July 11, 2021
How to Discipline Your Children, Part 1
By far, the most popular topic in my discussions with parents over 20 years of full-time teaching and 21 years of homeschooling has been "How should we discipline our children?" This is an extremely important topic for which there is no dumb, easy-to-market answer. With this first video, I will begin a series of meditations/talks through which I seek to work out the answers in as much detail as the investigation requires. God help us. +++ Don't just listen--please SHARE this video with Catholic friends and relatives and ACT on it. For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
01:37:46
July 10, 2021
Where Real Learning Begins
If we were to identify the place where a student moves from having the mind of a common man to that of a wise man, where would that place be? In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the place where real learning begins.
01:18:36
July 8, 2021
How to Study for Mastery
Many are deceived by all of the artificial test scores, report cards and certificates of modern schools and imagine that studying to pass a test or earn a diploma is real study. These schools don't even reach the beginning of the classical Catholic curriculum, which is a different world. In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses how to study for mastery in the pursuit of Wisdom.
01:19:22
July 6, 2021
Inspiration for Christian Writers
Where have all the Christian writers gone? For centuries, Christians dominated literature--Augustine, Boethius, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the list goes in and on. Today, they're nowhere to be found. Science and Math-based education has robbed the world of its great poets and writers. In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses where Christians can go for inspiration in writing, that Christian literature might see a renewal.
01:03:34
July 5, 2021
Classical Virtues vs. Christian Virtues
The virtuous pagans were known for their lives which modeled the four "classical" virtues of Temperance, Justice, Fortitude and Prudence. This, however, is not the virtue of the Christian life. Modern Christians, failing to attain to the classical virtues pretend to have Christian virtues instead, but this is a lie, since "Faith without works is useless.". In this talk, we meditate on the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and see how they cause a Christian's life to surpass the standards of the virtuous pagans.
01:31:46
July 4, 2021
The Dangers of Mommy Culture
In this talk, Mr. Michael points out a dangerous contradiction among conservative Christian woman today.
01:34:12
July 4, 2021
Simplicity of Life is Not an Option
In this Sunday talk, Mr. Michael discusses the dangers of a society where ideas are not held accountable for their consequences, and all opinions treated as equals, and how our happiness depends on choosing simplicity of life.
01:34:12
June 27, 2021
What is Classical Education?
Yes, you can find 1,000 videos on YouTube and blog posts answering this question--but not like this. In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the real character and purpose of classical education in a way that is positive, encouraging and useful for Catholic parents.
01:23:18
June 22, 2021
What Should Homeschool Mothers Study?
In this talk, Mr. Michael responds to the question of what homeschooling mothers should study. Links: 1. St. Francis de Sales https://books.google.com/books?id=d8kCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false 2. Cassian's Conferences http://archive.osb.org/lectio/cassian/conf/index.html 3. Rule of St. Benedict http://archive.osb.org/rb/text/toc.html#toc 4. Understanding Classical Catholic Education https://classicalliberalarts.com/free-book 5. Seneca's Moral Epistles https://www.stoics.com/seneca_epistles_book_1.html 6. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex http://classics.mit.edu/Sophocles/oedipus.html 7. Euripides, Medea http://classics.mit.edu/Euripides/medea.html 8. Aeschylus, Agamemnon http://classics.mit.edu/Aeschylus/agamemnon.html 9. Ovid, Metamrphoses http://classics.mit.edu/Ovid/metam.html +++ Don't just listen--please SHARE this video with Catholic friends and relatives and ACT on it. For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
56:20
June 21, 2021
How to Earn a Living in Classical Catholic Education
In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the future of education and how Catholics interested in restoring classical Catholic education can earn a living doing so.    +++    Don't just listen--please SHARE this video with Catholic friends and relatives and ACT on it.  For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com.   +++  Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.  He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years.  He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
01:14:39
June 17, 2021
What is the Socratic Method?
In modern society, ignorance of the Socratic Method has led to two crises.  First, fake classical education has used the name to falsely advertise their books and schools, giving parents a false sense that their children are receiving benefits they are not.  Second, false dilemmas lead modern society into innumerable divisions which lead only to confusion, anger and, in some cases, violence.    In this talk, Mr. Michael explains what the Socratic Method actually is, making it clear that it is NOT what the fake classical education programs advertise, and explaining how it can help us out of the modern errors that lead to vexation and prevent us from living as we should.   +++    Don't just listen--please SHARE this video with Catholic friends and relatives and ACT on it.  For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com.   +++  Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.  He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years.  He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
02:06:24
June 16, 2021
Understanding the Baltimore Catechism
Mr. Michael provides parents with a helpful introduction to the Baltimore Catechism, explaining its history, purpose, structure, benefits and use in Catholic homeschools. +++ For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
18:17
June 13, 2021
June 13, 2021
01:04
June 13, 2021
Discipline & Disobedience in the Catholic Homeschool (Part 2)
Mr. Michael addresses the practical details of discipline and disobedience in a Catholic homeschool.
01:07:15
June 13, 2021
Discipline & Disobedience in the Catholic Homeschool (Part 1)
Mr. Michael discusses the principles related to discipline and disobedience in a Catholic homeschool.
01:11:39
June 13, 2021
How to Learn Sacred Scripture
In this talk, Mr. Michael explains how Catholics can learn the content of Sacred Scripture and its true interpretation.
43:37
June 12, 2021
How Can We Know What the Saints Studied?
Mr. Michael identifies the sources by which we can know what the saints studied in history--and study it ourselves today.
56:05
June 12, 2021
Transitioning from Seton to Classical Catholic Studies
Mr. Michael responds to questions from parents about transitioning from Seton Home Study to Classical Catholic studies in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.
45:46
June 12, 2021
How to Learn the Art of Reasoning
Modern schools talk about "critical thinking" and "public speaking" as if the ideas have never been considered before.  Fake "classical" schools pretend that "Logic" and "Rhetoric" classes designed for the modern school calendar give children what they need to think and communicate effectively.  Behind all this, the REAL arts of Reasoning and Rhetoric stand, largely untouched by modern students.   In this talk, Mr. Michael discusses the real art of Reasoning and how interested students can learn it, studying Aristotle's "Organon" in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. +++ For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com. +++ Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.  He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years.  He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
52:27
June 11, 2021
The Fake Classical Catholic Education Movement
Dorothy Sayers?  "Grammar" stage?  "Logic" stage?  "Rhetoric" stage?  Where did this stuff come from?  How did these ideas enter into CATHOLIC circles?      In 1991 (not 1995 as said in the video), Doug Wilson's book "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning", called for a "return" to the "lost method" of education based on ideas found in a lecture by Dorothy Sayers called "The Lost Tools of Learning".   The Protestant movement, which spread among private schools and homeschools, was latched onto by Catholics who began spreading these ideas in Catholic circles.  Catholics received all of this with no questions, no requests for historical proof, and ran with it, starting homeschool programs and schools, publishing books and study programs.  They did so with no evidence that this was, in fact, true Catholic education and yet promoted it zealously among Catholics as "classical Catholic education"--a claim that is completely false.   In this video, Mr. Michael explains this history and calls Catholics to examine these ideas and, after doing so, actually return to true classical Catholic education.   +++ For more information about classical Catholic education, and access to over 100 free online courses, visit https://classicalliberalarts.com.   +++  Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.  He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years.  He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina.
54:48
June 11, 2021