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I am about to celebrate my birthday. Normally I would not think too much about that. After all it is only another day. But, for some reason I can’t get out of my head how old I will be on my birthday.

Kurt Vonnegut is quoted as saying “True terror is to wake up and discover that your high school class is running the country.” Vonnegut is a 20th Century writer most famous for “Slaughter House Five,” published in 1969.

Wanda CampbellThis year I am wondering how everyone else got so old while I feel so young. My oldest daughter turned 40 last year – that was a surprise. In my mind she was still in her 20’s. Of course she can’t be in her 20’s, she has children in their 20’s.

Living in Athens, I get to see cousins and their children that I have not seen in quite a while. People I think are 12-14 are turning out to be 30-35. How in the world has this happened? It seemed like time stood still for me. After all just a couple of years ago I was in my forties.

But it is not just that. Last night at the dinner table, Ben and Brian were talking about how many changes happen in a generation. And they reminded me there were in a four generation picture with my in-laws. Then I realized there are four generations in my line right now.

Sometimes I feel like I live in a time warp. There are days when I feel so young (at least in my 30’s). Then the next day I am aching and bent and just worn out (I must be at least 100). I guess the old saying is right – you ARE as young/old as you feel.

Maybe after the actual day I am celebrating things will go back to normal. After all, it is not just about how you feel. It is about what you know. Of course some days I don’t even know what day it is. Funny how you get busy and time runs all together. And when you have so many things on your mind, there is no telling what day it is or what you should be doing now. How many times have you walked into a room and don’t know why you went there?

The point of all this rambling is – yes, I am getting older – but things are not awful. Bette Davis, a 20th century actress and star of more than 100 films says “Old age is not for sissies.” In taking stock, I realize I have a lot to be thankful for. I think I will follow the advice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, an American Jurist who served on the US Supreme Court from 1902 to 1932. Holmes says, “Old age is 15 years older than I am.”

I just have to get my head wrapped around this birthday.
By: Wanda Campbell

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Wanda CampbellI love movies. To me, there is nothing better than to curl up with a bowl of popcorn and watch a bunch of actors tell a story. I especially like the older movies that were remakes of the theater production. You could have action, drama, musicals, and comedy – sometimes all in one movie. It is great.

If you love movies as much as I do, you will want to attend the Dinner and a Movie Series at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This season
we will begin our study with A Streetcar Named Desire. This is a classic film that received four Academy Awards and eight other nominations. The program is scheduled on Friday, February 22, beginning at 6:30 pm with a light meal. The film study will begin at
7:00 pm. Register by Wednesday, February 20th, by calling 256-233-8260.

Streetcar is based on the Tennessee Williams play by the same name. Williams a bowl of popcorn and watch a bunch of actors tell a story. I especially earned a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for the play, which was on Broadway from 1947 to 1949. Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden were cast in the Broadway play and later cast in the movie.

Leaning As A Life StyleStreetcar will be introduced by Dr. Hugh K. Long. Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor of English and Drama, and the Artistic Director of the Athenian Players at Athens State University. He has taught a variety of theatre history, dramatic literature, acting, and stage combat courses at Tufts University, Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Dean College, and Northern Essex Community College. Hugh holds a PhD in Drama from Tufts interests center on the historical application of theatrical violence in early modern English and Spanish Theatre and Per- I love movies. To me, there is nothing better than to curl up with formance Practices. As an actor Hugh has been featured in such films as The Fighter, Bewitched, Joe Dirt, and the TV series Freaks & Geeks, Las Vegas, Arrested Development, and The Closer. He has also worked in Off- Broadway and Regional Theatres in Measure for Measure, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, West Side Story, The Music Man, and Asi Que Pasen Cinco Años.

While Dinner and a Movie is the best date night, you could also try the Community Chorus as an activity to do together. Community Chorus is meeting on Thursday nights from 5:30 to
7:00 pm at Chasteen Hall, Room 105. They will be doing a performance in April. The fee is $30. For a full list of current courses,check out the website – athens.edu/ CLL, or call 256-233-8260.
By: Wanda Campbell

Athens Alabama Business

Wanda CampbellValentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries. In the United States we celebrate with the exchange of tokens of affection and cards. Most countries celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day but the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates in July.

Originally, Valentine’s Day was celebrated as the Feast of St. Valentine to honor a group of priests named Valentine. There are many legends about St. Valentine. And there were many writings about Valentine in early history.

Spoon & CroonBishop Demetri of the Orthodox Research Institute states that “St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D, a time when the church was enduring great persecution. His ministry was to help the Christians to escape this persecution, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time.” (Demetri, Bishop (12 February 1999) The Feast of Valentine. Orthodox Research Institute. http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/fasts_feasts/demetri_khoury_st_valentine.htm.)

An addition to the legend says when he was a prisoner, he healed his jailer’s daughter who was blind. They became friends and when he was executed he left a message for her that said “Your Valentine.” (The History of Valentine’s Day, history.com)

And so the tradition begins. In early times giving “Valentines” was about sharing original poems and lacy hand-made messages that were delivered in person or by messenger. By the 19th century cards were beginning to be mass produced and mailed. Today, mostly children celebrate with hand-made valentines for Mom and Dad or by exchanging cards with their classmates.

At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day with an event called Spoon and Croon. On a day when romance is in the air, nothing will warm more than love songs sung the way they were meant to be. Jack Sauers will recreate some of the best loved tunes by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Dean Martin. Bring your best friend or your best beau for a “Spoon and Croon” soup and sandwich luncheon in the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center at Athens State University’s main campus. The fee is $13 for singles or $25 couples. Registration by February 11th is requested. You can register online at www.athens.edu/CLL or you can call 256-233-8260 and talk with Diane or Wanda.

Other programs at the Center include the Lunch and Learn Series – Losing It!. Keep your new year resolution by learning about lifestyle change and weight management in the four-week series. Starting with Lifestyle Change on January 30 and ending with Why Exercise? There is a wealth of information to help you stay on track. Bring your lunch or pick up a snack at the UnderGrounds Coffee Shop. Classes are Wednesdays, January 30 – February 20, 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Fee is $5 per session.

For businesses in our community we are offering another Lunch and Learn. Lunch and Learn OSHA Compliance will introduce you to OSHA requirement and give you a roadmap to compliance that will help you avoid costly worker injuries and OSHA fines. The program is scheduled Thursday, February 7th, 11:30 to 1:00. Fee is $15/person. Please reserve space by February 4th.

Stop by the Center for Lifelong Learning to find more classes. Learning is a lifestyle.
By: Wanda Campbell

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Has it been that long?

Last night we had a family discussion about “lifetimes” while sitting around the dinner table. We talked about Aunt Ruby being 97 when she died and all the things that happened in her lifetime.

Life Long Living

Ben, my oldest son, said that there weren’t even 50 stars on the flag when I was born. Everyone laughed. But then I realized there were not 50 stars on the flag when I was born – there were only 48. This realization made me start thinking about what else happened the year I was born.

Life Long LearningThe internet is a great and powerful thing when you want to know about what was happening a long time ago. I looked up my birth year and found out the cost of a gallon of gas was $0.22; a new car cost about $1700; the average rent was $85/month; and movie tickets were $0.70. (http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/) I remember going to the Saturday matinee with an RC bottle cap and a quarter.

I remember listening to The Shadow and The Lone Ranger on AFN Radio while we were stationed in Germany. I remember Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) on Dobie Gillis (1959 to 1963) before he became the famous Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island (1964 to 1967). Maybe you remember this stuff too!

Best of all, for me, I was born in the dawn of Rock and Roll music. Common on the radio were such legends as, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and, of course, Elvis Presley.

Bill Haley and the Comets recorded Rock Around the Clock (Happy Days theme) in 1954. Buddy Holly recorded Maybe Baby in 1957. Little Richard recorded Good Golly Miss Molly in 1956. And Elvis recorded That’s All Right (Mama) at Sun Studios in July 1954 and before too long, Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll.

Wanda CampbellToday, the Center for Lifelong Learning is looking for Elvis fans. We will have an Elvis Impersonator contest on Friday, January 25 at our ALL SHOOK UP Kick Off Party. To enter the contest all you have to do is call 256-233-8260. You don’t have to be a professional to enter, just a fan of Elvis and willing to get up in front of people. You can come in your blue suede shoes or in your blue jeans because it is all in fun. We’ve already had a couple of Elvis sightings at the CLL.

Also happening at the CLL is Retrobics Dance Fitness led by Pam Hartmann. Retrobics is offered Tuesday and Thursday, January 22 – February 14 (no class Feb 7), from 9am to 10am. The fee is $30. I know you will enjoy this new fitness class.

Guitar Lessons with Barry Kay will also start Mondays, January 28. His lessons are by appointment, so call 256-233-8260 to set up your time slot. The fee is $80 for four 30-minute lessons a month.

You can Like us on Facebook – Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State – for pictures and flyers. You can register for classes on the web page – www.athens.edu/CLL. And you can always call us at 256-233-8260. We love to hear from you.
By: Wanda Campbell

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Wanda CampbellNew Years is like no other holiday. It makes us want to celebrate the opportunity that a new year brings – it gives us hope for change. Every New Year about 45% of Americans will make a resolution. Sometimes that plan is a small one – be nicer in the New Year or have more fun. Sometimes that plan is a big one – go back to school, lose weight, save money, or pay off debt. Whatever your plans are for the New Year, the Center for Lifelong Learning can help.

Learning As A Lifestyle

Learning As A LifestyleAre you looking for inexpensive fun this year? The Center will host several special events. The first is the All Shook Up Kick-Off Party. This is a party to introduce our Swing Dance classes that will start in February. Jump, Jive and Learn great moves as instructor Dwain Cooper leads an “All Shook Up” dance class. Learn about the Lindy, Jive, and the East Coast or West Coast Swing. The King will not leave the building until he judges the best Elvis impersonator, so put on your blue suede shoes and you may win a free dance class admission! Whether you plan to attend dance classes or not, put on your best Elvis impersonation and come to the party. The event is Friday, January 25, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the lobby of the Center. There is no charge for this event.

Do you want to get your finances in order? Try Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Class is led by John Carwile who is a graduate of the program. The last two classes offered at the Center paid off more than $25,000 in debt during the classes. The new class will be January 17-March 21, from 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Center. The fee is $119 for couples or singles.

Are you trying to lose weight? The Center offers several classes. Gentle Yoga is a beginning yoga class that starts in a chair or on a mat. It is a great way to get back into an exercise program. Class is scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00-9:00 am, January 7-February 1, in the mezzanine at the Center. The Fee is $35 for 3-days per week, $29 for 2-days per week.

There is also a beginner-intermediate Yoga class which is a combination of yoga and Pilates. Floor stretches are designed to build stamina and balance. Class is scheduled on Tuesdays only from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, January 8-29, in the mezzanine at the Center. Fee is $20.

Retrobics Dance Fitness is a new class at the Center. This is a fun, high energy aerobic class that will keep you smiling while you sweat. Easy to follow format includes simple dance moves and strength-training for a total body workout in just 60 minutes. No dance experience is required and high and low impact movements are demonstrated so that you can work at your own pace. Class is offered Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 am, January 22 – February 14 at the Carter Gym on Pryor Street. The Fee is $30/person. No class February 7.

The Lunch and Learn Series: Losing it! will start off with Lifestyle Change – a class focusing on setting goals, finding a support system, and overcoming obstacles. Class is scheduled Wednesday, January 30, from 12:00-1:00 pm. Fee is $5.

For more information check out the website – athens.edu/CLL – or call us at 256-233-8260. The best changes come from learning, and learning is a lifestyle at the Center for Lifelong Learning.

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Wanda CampbellYou would think with only six weeks left in the year, things would be winding down at the Center for Lifelong Learning, but there is still a lot to do.

The Athens Christmas Open House will be Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18. The Center is sponsoring two classes while you wait to see Santa. The first is a demonstration of Making Gingerbread Houses. This class is on Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00 pm. Pre-registration is requested for this program. The fee is $5. Also on Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm is a Decorating Cupcakes class. This class is open to ages 5 and up. Decorate one cupcake for $1 or six for $5.

Christmas Open House

On Monday, November 26, a new session of Gentle Yoga will start. Whether you need to start in a chair or can get on the mat, this beginning yoga class is the way to get back into an exercise program. The class is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 8:00-9:00 am, November 26 to December 21. The fee is $35 for three days per week, or $29 for two days per week.

On Tuesday, November 27, a new session of Yoga begins at 5:00 pm. Incorporating the yoga method of exercise for your whole body, this class offers a complete series of seated, standing, and balancing poses. This class is offered on Tuesdays, from 5:00-6:00 pm, November 27 to December 18. The fee is $20.

Cyber Security looks at how our lives are impacted by security issues, from online banking, Facebook, and Wi-Fi, just to name a few. This class provides an up-to-date look at threats and vulnerabilities, viruses, malware, and spyware. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge you need to safeguard your home and work computers. This class is offered Tuesday, December 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The fee is $99.

For teens who are interested in going to college, we will be offering ACT Test Prep Monday through Thursday, December 17-20, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This class reviews English, math, science, and writing strategies for each test section. Get an in-depth look at the explanations for right and wrong answers on the test, as well as how the writing portion is scored. Everything you need to know about ACT testing is in this class. The fee is $125.

The Center for Lifelong Learning is now offering the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certificate. This course meets the new Certified Food Safety Manager state requirement. The course is designed to provide participants with valuable information on potentially hazardous foods, safe food handling practices, and much more. The class is offered Monday and Tuesday, December 17 & 18, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The fee is $175.

If you need more information about any of these classes, call 256-233-8260 or email CLL@athens.edu. The Center will close for the holidays on Saturday, December 23 and reopen on Wednesday, January 3rd.

By: Wanda Campbell Christmas Musical

Wanda CampbellIt surprises me every time I hear it, and I hear it often. “What do you do here?” is the most common question of visitors to the Center for Lifelong Learning.

The easy answer is the Center for Lifelong Learning is the non-credit division of Athens State University. That means you will not get a degree for attending classes at the Center. It also means you won’t have to take tests, do homework, or fill out an entrance application.

Learning As A Lifestyle

Classes at the Center are for personal or professional learning. We offer traditional classes with a teacher in a classroom but we also offer classes in non-traditional settings. For example, we offer Blacksmith classes at the blacksmith shop. Students who attend the course will use actual forges, welders, hammers, and other equipment needed for learning the craft. We also offer classes that are held in comfy chairs with tablets on them. We have offered movie night, dance night, and paint nights. We have offered cake decorating, bridge, and book discussions. Our personal interest courses are as varied as the people who plan to attend.

Sunday, November 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, we will offer the Introduction to the iPad class in our lobby. Our instructor, Karen Tucker, will show you how to use the iPad you have or what to look for in the one you want to buy. This is a great class for those who got early presents and for those who are thinking about getting one while they are on sale for the holidays.

We also offer classes for professional development. These are offered at our offices or we can take them to your place. Whether you want to learn a new skill, increase your knowledge, or change directions in your career path, we can help you get the most out of your learning. We offer traditional classes and online learning for career development, and certificates to get you started in your career or to advance your prospects. Our instructors are experts in the field. New to our professional development courses are the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certificate and OSHA 10-hour Training.

But classes are just part of what we do. We also have a free wi-fi hot spot and our lobby is set up with comfortable chairs and tables so that you can meet with clients or just enjoy a cup of coffee. The Undergrounds Coffee Shop at the Center offers a variety of hot and cold drinks to enjoy while you relax. If you are looking for a gift, you can stop by The Athens Shop located in the same building. The Athens Shop has gift ideas, clothing, and books as well as office and school supplies.

If you are looking for a place to hold a meeting or a party, the Center is the place to meet. Our Training Room is available for 12-16 people and can be set up classroom style, conference style or theater style. The Conference Room will seat 12-20 in a more formal setting. Both rooms are set up with state-of-the art display features for audio/visual presentations. The Mezzanine is an adaptable room that can be set up for many different functions. We have used long tables, round tables, and couches and chairs set in informal settings. The Mezzanine has been used for wedding rehearsals, conferences, and trainings. It can be used for dinners, receptions, and so much more.

What do you do here? The answer is, a lot. We hope you will stop by to see what is going on next at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Learning is a lifestyle and the Center is all about learning.
By: Wanda Campbell

Athens State University

Wanda CampbellI am not a big fan of YouTube, and most of the time I ignore the posts in my Facebook or email account. I was of the group that thinks most of the YouTube postings were silliness or family pictures. I am not interested in silliness, and I don’t feel right viewing anonymous family pictures.

My son, Ben, is an avid viewer. He recently told me I could subscribe to cooking, lectures, and other interesting how-to videos. He also told me about the TED Talks that are posted on YouTube. TED Talks are speeches from the annual TED (Technology Entertainment Design) Conference. The TED website boasts riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

Mark ForsythTo make sure I would be really interested, he sent me a clip – Mark Forsyth: What is a snollygoster? A Lesson in Political Speak. There were two reasons to watch. One is the word – snollygoster. What a great word! I had to know more. The second reason to watch was the “Lesson in Political Speak.” As we get ready to elect a new president, I thought I should know even more about political speak.

Mark ForsythIn his talk, Forsyth tells us that a snollygoster is a dishonest politician, someone who seeks office regardless of party, platform or principles. He said that words were at the very center of politics, because it allows politicians to control the language. And then, he tells of the discussion about naming George Washington’s position as leader of the country. It seems the House of Representatives did not want George to get a big head, and they suggested a lowly title – President. President, at the time, meant someone who presides over a meeting. The Senate wanted a great title, like King or Magistrate, that would be accepted in international events. After three weeks of debate, the House of Representatives agreed to use the title of President as a temporary measure. According to Forsyth, the Senate has never formally endorsed the title of President.

Forsyth said there were three things to come away with from his discussion. The first was that President Obama is living on borrowed time – any minute they will take away his title of President. The second thing is a “government temporary measure” is really a permanent thing. The third thing is that the President of the US is not that humble these days. There are 147 countries that use that title now, so in the end the Senate won, and House of Representatives lost.

In his conclusion, Forsyth said that politicians try to use words to shape the reality they hope to create, but reality changes words far more than words can change reality.

By: Wanda Campbell

DEFINITION

According to Encarta New World Dictionary, 2009, a snollygoster is a “(U.S.) self-seeker: somebody, especially a politician, whose actions are motivated by self-interest rather than by high principles ( slang ) [Mid-19th century.]”

It’s back to school time, and I have begun to wonder if I need to take a class in something. The easiest way for me to check is to look at my portfolio to see what I have already done.

Teachers ask students to keep a portfolio of their work in school. For the most part, students keep those things until the end of the school year and throw them away. But a professional portfolio is something that you keep on hand for a lifetime.

My portfolio is not just a collection of certificates I have earned. It includes samples of my work. When I write an article for a journal or a newspaper, I include it in my portfolio. When I present on a topic, I keep the advertisement for the talk. When I volunteer for a community project, I keep the thank you note.

Don’t get the idea that I am doing a great job keeping this portfolio. Like most people, I get busy and forget. I have an envelope of scrap papers that need to be added. The point is, if you don’t have a professional portfolio, it may be time you put one together. You never know what opportunities are just around the corner.

Are you looking to update your skills? Thinking about starting your own business? Do you want to change careers? Job security is not what it used to be, and many employees are considering alternatives.

This fall, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be offering several new certificate programs and courses to renew your skills. Most can be finished in less than a year, some in only six months. “Certificate holders earn 20 % more than workers who hold only a high school diploma…..and more than one third of certificate holders also have Associate’s degrees or Bachelor’s degrees.” from Inside Higher Education, June 6.

Whether you are looking for career training, or just want a class for fun, here are just a few CLL classes for October.

October 8, Bank Street Players performing The Perfect 36: How Southern Women Won the Vote, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, $5

October 9, Lunch and Learn: Funeral Leave Attendance Policy: A Case Study, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, $5 discussion only/$10 discussion and lunch

October 9, Beginner Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, 9:30 to 11:30 am, $75

October 9, Bible Studies Series: The Life and Journeys of Paul, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, $10

October 9, Introduction to the iPad, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, $29

October 9, Cake Decorating: Rosebuds and Flowers, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, $39

October 9, ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certificate, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, $175

October 11 & 18, OSHA 10-hour Training, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, $195

October 13, Adoption for Beginners, 10:00 to 11:30 am, free

October 13, Blacksmith Project 2, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, $75

October 18, AHA CPR Anytime, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, $35

October 18, Integrity in the Workplace, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, $29

October 20, Coffee & Canvas Painting with Sanda, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, $45

For more information, visit the CLL website – athens.edu/CLL, or call 256-233-8260
By: Wanda Campbell

By: Diane Ellis Miles, Ed.D.
Founder and President: The Ellis Academy

Increasingly, both in our local communities and throughout our country, cries of frustration over quality and standards in education are heard in schools, business, industry, colleges and universities, and the government. Questions abound as to why students can go through 13 years of schooling and are still unable to read, write, or ‘make change’! Added to this is the growing demand of business and industry for employees who can write and speak well.

Over the past 20 years, extensive funding has been made available to grades K-16 to raise the quality of education for all students. Core Competencies, “No Child Left Behind”, National Goals Commission, U.S. Department of Labor’s SCANs Skills, National Standards, State Standards, STEM, and other extensive efforts have not yielded the desired results. With all of these initiatives, why are our students dropping out prior to high school graduation or performing at a level below students of other societies and countries?

The issues in education today cannot be addressed in one article; however, there are some interesting factors that deserve our attention. One issue is the rate at which change occurs in education. In 1989, Herbert Langford identified that it takes business and industry 3 years to bring an idea from research and development to the market; health care takes 10 years; and education typically requires 30 years. 30 years! Think how much the world has changed since the early 1980s.

There are many inhibiting factors to this thirty year change phenomenon. While money spent on educational initiatives clearly has not been one, the size and multi-

layered organizational structure and the large number of students needing to be educated in any one school do seem to be significant factors. Today, among professional educators, the focus has been how to create a culture of learning, not only in school, but also in work and life.

In a culture of learning, students, faculty, parents, and administrators are not ‘layered’ and separated. While the ethos of a school may be business-like, it is also innovative, creative, and participative. As an example, students learn about democracy and a representative government by developing their own school government based on our nation’s documents as the model. They write, critique, struggle over critical issues, debate, and vote. Everyone in the school is included. Each arm of the school: students, faculty, and parents participate in their own group with a representative as ex-officio to the other groups. Information flows. Ideas are clarified. It is not just for one age group, one grade group or one interest group, it is a whole school experience.

Another example is an emphasis on business, finance, and entrepreneurship. While theories, principles, and ethics are learned, each student studies and develops a business for which she has a unique talent and/or an interest. If she lacks knowledge or skill in an area, she must acquire those skills to proceed. She must develop her expertise, test market her product, price the items, and bring it to the public.

How can these types of examples be implemented? Perhaps one of the greatest challenges in schools today is creating small learning environments of students. Currently priorities seem to be focused toward sports for a few and away from learning for all—a culture of spectatorship. Returning to an environment that engages students with rich discussion and creative expression brings forth new life.

It was with the intention of creating this integrated and focused culture of learning

that The Ellis Academy was formed. After a three year period of formation and piloting of courses and projects, The Ellis Academy has made itself available to families seeking a complete education for their daughters and grand-daughters from 4K through Grade 12.

The Ellis Academy (its parents, students, and faculty) is committed to an interactive, complete, classical, and ‘hands on’ learning environment in small groups (1:8 as ideal). This whole-school learning environment requires mastery in the Core Curriculum (classical courses; ancient and modern languages; math, life sciences, and technology). Projects, which are integrated real world problems applying knowledge and skills from the courses and the arts, prepare each student for college, work, and life. Within the culture, students are recognized as individuals who are at different stages of development with varying gifts and talents. Scholarly faculty members are facilitators and guides who encourage active participation as opposed to being lecturers who provide passive listeners with all the information. Thus, The Ellis Academy provides an educational environment in which students, faculty, and administrators interact in a respectful, collegial environment without sacrificing the understanding of roles and responsibilities.