Message from the Headmaster
Life Lessons from Mojave Desert | Dr. David Kim | July 30, 2021
I hope you are enjoying your summer with your family. It is a summer where everybody is trying to return to the norm. But what is the norm? From the ancient past, one way of thinking about a normal life is to ask if there is a balance between the active life and the contemplative life, of course all directed toward God. For example, we can ask ourselves: Am I serving God, and am I enjoying God? Yes, you might recall the difference between Martha, who loved to serve the Lord, and Mary, who loved to sit and listen to the Lord. We need both, with a priority on enjoying God.
What Makes Veritas Different?
First and foremost, Veritas exists to disciple students in the paideia of the Lord, to train the whole person to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds, and strength. Discipleship takes place as teachers mentor the students in the way they think about every subject and how they live it out, all from the perspective of God’s Word, in a way that reflects the truth, goodness, and beauty of God.
This discipleship is carried out through a “classical” model of education, which emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom and virtue in addition to knowledge and skill, and teaches students to think critically, not just to access information. By training them in the liberal arts of the trivium and the quadrivium, classical education produces students who are truly wise, virtuous, and free.
A godly community is both the means and the end of a true education. Education of the whole person requires a community of parents, teachers, friends, and pastors who will keep the student accountable. The student is loved, encouraged, and discipled to grow into a vital member of the body of Christ and a valuable citizen of the commonwealth.
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I am most thankful for the fact that Veritas brings together school education, home education, and church education especially when our students are growing up in a culture of so many worldviews. A great advantage of Veritas education is that it integrates all the academics and students’ interest in various subjects from the perspective of God’s creation and providence.
Our teachers really love God and all of the students, even the ones that are not in their class. I appreciate how the teachers engage and are a positive impact to the students not only in education but growth in character. This is a great community to be in. Every family is willing to help each other out and encourage each other as we go through this journey of parenting together. Thank you Veritas family for caring deeply about my kids character development and education.
I love teaching at Veritas because it is on a pursuit to be radically different/separate from the world, a world that is viciously against Christ. Veritas seeks to produce students who love the Lord and students who desire whole-heartedly to imitate Christ. I love being a small part of that vision. And the cherry on top, the parents and students are wonderful, sweet, and dedicated.
The students at Veritas have become my joy and have constantly made me laugh and smile. From the excited 8th grader as they finally solve a proof in logic class, to the desire of a 12th grader to learn about the best ways to live out the Christian life in the great ideas class, I am constantly being encouraged by what I see. These students have made my job of teaching more enjoyable, more hilarious, and more enriching as I seek to follow Christ.
My favorite verse comes out of Daniel 12:1-3 where it talks about how the wise will shine like the stars. I love this verse because it reminds us that here at Veritas, we are trying to use the best resources that we know (the classics and the Trivium), by the grace of God, to make these students shine like the stars before all men. I want to be a part of that process of transforming students to be wise, so that’ll shine! That’s what I am all about! That’s what Veritas is all about!
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