Finally, a School with a Weekly Reading Day

Why do schools push themselves so hard? The last forty years have seen thousands of new educational ventures spring up, and they all seem to adopt the five-day, all day work week.  In the Catholic and private schooling movement, it seems we could have decided for ourselves what makes a sufficiently rigorous study load. Isn't, as Josef Pieper says, "Leisure the Basis of Culture"?  Doesn't anyone else notice how easily Sunday becomes a day devoted to getting ready for Monday, instead of the greatest day of the week (see John Paul II, Dies Domini). Do we learn so much more by attending school five days a week? Really?

How delighted I was a few years ago to find this school in Louisville, KY called Immaculata Classical Academy bravely instituting a weekly Monday READING DAY.  Here's the text from its website.

Immaculata offers a four-day academic week which provides instruction time comparable to a five day school. Classes are held from 8:00am-3:30pm.  Our reduced academic week has these advantages: it lowers tuition and makes a quality education affordable for more families; it reduces the nightly homework burden and Sunday night blues by giving families Mondays as a reading and preparation day; it supports family life by increasing time spent at home and reducing time spent with peers; it enables parents to be more involved in their child’s education and provides one day for family enrichment activities; it reduces absenteeism by providing one day for doctor/dentist and other appointments; it encourages independent study skills, better preparing students for college; it gives families a three-day weekend for family trips. Read more here.

I also was impressed by the enormous practical advantages. I'm delighted to be presenting on February 9 as part of their speaker series and spending some time with the students and faculty.

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