A Reflection on the Colloquium

Jason Caros Headmaster at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville

Due to our nation’s strong civic inheritance, we have the ability to actively pursue knowledge, promote virtue, and secure the blessings of liberty. Whether this comes as a result of classroom instruction during the school day, or from the fruits of an evening colloquium, civil discourse and open discussion in the marketplace of ideas helps us to promote the good and true elements of our culture and to carry on the trust that has been handed down to us, generation by generation.

On December 14th, I was honored to serve as host of the second annual Bill of Rights Day Reception and Colloquium at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville. Over one hundred students, parents, and community members turned out for lectures on first amendment freedoms; this year’s theme was religious liberty. Speaking that evening were Dr. Nathan Schlueter, an author and a professor at Hillsdale College, and Dr. David Bobb, president of The Bill of Rights Institute.

Before the keynote speakers were introduced, the school chamber choir started the evening with a beautiful anthem, and one of our rhetoric students, junior Kerighan Wheeler, delivered a timely speech on the question of the balance between liberty and security. Our keynote speakers addressed the audience eloquently and passionately on important topics related to natural rights, the history of religious liberty in America and its future, the Constitution, and civic responsibilities. The audience, for its part, was active during the question and answer sessions as inquirers, both young and old, asked insightful questions.

If you have an opportunity to view the recorded colloquium, and I recommend it to you, keep in mind that knowledge is not the end of the educational journey, but wisdom, and wisdom comes not simply by knowing, but by putting knowledge and experience to good and proper use.

Citizenship is not merely passed down through the genes, but it is something that must be learned and earned by each generation anew. At Founders Classical Academy, we take an approach to education that orients students towards truth, beauty, and goodness and aims to cultivate wise and virtuous citizens. It is our hope that through colloquia like the ones we hold on Bill of Rights Day every year, and through additional civic activities, we will reach others and do our part to cultivate a prosperous society rooted in liberty.

A Reflection on the Colloquium

Scott Davis National Director of Classical Schools, ResponsiveEd

To have two dignified and noted scholars on our country’s founding was indeed a rare privilege. Dr. Schlueter and Dr. Bobb both brought perspectives on the Bill of Rights that were valuable for all to hear. I believe all were able to leave with a deeper understanding about the liberties we have as American citizens, specifically as those pertain to the religious freedoms that Americans of all faiths, or no faith, enjoy or should enjoy.

However, I must say that the most enjoyable parts of the evening for me were the thoughtful questions posed by the attendees as well as the student speech. The evening began with a very impressive speech on the balance of liberty and security in our country. To hear an 11th grade student give such a presentation was a strong testament to the type of education students receive at Founders Classical Academy and surly reminded everyone present of the value of a strong liberal arts education.

In addition, the questions asked from the audience came from many students and faculty members. It was obvious that people were paying attention and contemplating the ideas presented. As a result, questions were strong and thoughtful. Students even reached back into other information they had gleaned from classes, read from the Federalist Papers and asked questions more like mature adults than mere teenagers.

The evening passed quickly and left me desiring even more. I sincerely hope we are able to host more events like this in the future as these types of events are of great benefit to our schools, our school families and to the community.