Why study science?
Simply stated, the Lord reveals Himself through His creation – Truth exists, and the study of science makes it possible to know the truth!
Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them.
- Psalm 111:2
The Heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
- Psalm 19:1
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.
- Psalm 24:1
For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
- Romans 1:20
God desires truth in our “inmost being”.
- Psalm 51:6
The study of science is a means of studying and knowing the truth, so that the truth can be shared with others.
What is the role of the tutor in this tutorial?
The tutor will meet once a week with students to introduce new concepts by conducting experiments according to the Scientific Method and facilitating discussion and review of the concepts learned by the student in each module of the required text.
How exactly will that be done?
We will spend 2 weeks on each module of the text. On the first class meeting for a module, we will be conducting related experiments in the class. As much as possible, each student performs his/her own experiments in order to maximize his/her “hands on” time. At home that week, the students will write up the laboratory experiments they just performed, and read and study the information in the module. This work at home is critical to the classical learning process. At the second class meeting for a module, I will facilitate a discussion of the concepts in the module, reviewing main points, and working through problems. It will be expected that students have studied the material at home in the prior week. It is difficult to have a discussion if students have not prepared! At home during the second week, the students will review the information and take the Module test (administered at home). The cycle repeats itself the following week by starting with laboratory experiments in the next module, and so on.
How do you teach science classically?
When learning any new subject classically, every student uses the tools of the Trivium: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. When learning new material in science, students will first need to learn the grammar of each principle, concept, equation, or organism. They will do this by defining and comparing the terms with intentionality and organization. This process answers the “Who?”, “What?”, “When?” and “Where?” questions. The answers to these grammar level questions fuel the more dialectic questions of “How?” and “Why?” Asking questions and seeking answers are the hallmarks of the dialectic stage. Students will seek to identify and define relationships among the material learned. They will consider circumstances and “What if…” scenarios, as well as examine information available from existing authorities on the subject. Students will never leave the grammar and dialectic stage if they are lifelong learners. They will always be asking new questions, defining, comparing, and relating, considering circumstances and examining authority. Doing all of this, they will progress also to the rhetoric stage where they can speak, debate, write, and teach others about the information. Truth exists, and the study of science makes it possible to know the truth…that is why we do science!
Do parents attend class?
Parents are not required to attend class, but they are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
Does the tutor assign grades?
Mayo - You, the parent, are the final teacher. Students may take tests at home (so we can maximize the amount of class time for experimentation and instruction) and parents who have the answer keys can easily mark answers right or wrong. I will provide an assessment and feedback on the laboratory journals and formal laboratory reports. The parent may decide the final grade.
Schuster - You, the parent, are the final teacher. The Module Tests and Experiment Lab reports, each completed at home, will be collected and graded. These two items will constitute the majority of the student's evaluation. Nevertheless, the parent may decide the final grade.