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  1. Iculus says:

    Highlands Latin School finally has found someone to give them accreditation! A small church affiliated organization in Northern Kentucky. I have read the entire book of requirements. In sum, the school has proven that they are capable of carrying out the school mission statement. The highest standard which they had to meet was the ability to fill out the paper work without leaving a single box unchecked. All writing needed to be completely legible as well.

    While he was searching for an organization respectable enough to offer this accreditation, the CEO (board of 2 including his mother) went ahead and established his own accreditation body. The requirements he holds are no less stringent, as there are several pages with boxes at irregular intervals, forcing the school to look over it twice to make sure all have been checked. The fee for this accreditation is quite reasonable considering the benefits conferred on worthy schools. This includes both advice and encouragement.

    The CEO has successfully patented the phrase “core curriculum”. This phrase, formerly considered a generic term, is finally profitable. It refers to a pre-packaged curriculum of books, each of which have carefully been designed so as to avoid copyright infringement laws protecting the books that he plagiarized. The authors remain nameless seminary students flattered to contribute to this effort though utterly lacking qualifications, and equally lacking in awareness that the CEO denies them any personal authorship recognition in order to bypass laws requiring royalties be paid. All profit goes to HLS LLC. This curriculum consists of redesigned copies and rewritten summaries written by naive original authors who failed to recognize just how lucrative the classical texts could be. The formative ideas to Western culture, inaproppriately considered “priceless” by less enterprising minds, can be priced and sold at last. Who was the fortunate publisher that partnered with him? It just so happens he also runs a printing press, and he made his own publishing company called memoria press. All books of the patended core curriculum, none of which are original works, are being sold without authors listed, without the need to pay royalties, and without concern for the principle ideas contained in the texts.

    To illustrate the concern for education which lie behind these efforts, consider a new addition to the “core curriculum”, one of the few that have a recognized author: his mother. Seeing that children needed the best Greek curriculum that money could buy, and noticing also that existing Greek grammar books lacked the Memoria Press fill-in-the-blank teaching style so conducive to presentation by teachers completely ignorant of the subject matter, his mother bought these grammars, rearranged them, and is now selling them. Because she knew that Greek requires far more effort than Latin to fully comprehend, she did not dare write this curriculum until she studied the language herself for an entire year. Perhaps it was thus humble wisdom that gained her the nomination as woman of the year in field of education. Having not obtained the award, her son will likely form his own competition.

  2. Susan says:

    Hi. Why dont u guys believe in frickin snow days when its below 0 degrees out

  3. burt watkins says:

    I find this school to be utterly ridiculous. I personally know several children and their families involved with this school. It seems to me that HLS thrives on being completely upside down to mainstream life in general. Latin….I understand it is viewed by some to be imperative with math and science but tell me one person that you know that benefits from having learned this. Memorization of chapter after chapter of worthless material to recite at a ceremony is nothing less than a waste of time. HLS may claim to be different, and they are. There is a reason that the school is not able to operate within Kentuckys “super high academic standards”. What does that say about a school when it cant meet the criteria for one of the lowest ranking states in country? I do undestand that it is in part because they go to school part time so that children and families might enjoy “family time” a.k.a…….hours of homework and studying at home instead of school. For those of you who love HLS I am happy for you. For those of you who have children who attend HLS and do not speak up when things arent as you feel they should be…..shame on you for not putting your children first out of fear that the backlash will be put on your child for doing so. This school only cares about numbers and how many scholarships it can produce not the child who struggles. If you disagree simply ask the staff how many children and parents have been notified at some point that they dont feel a child is a good fit because of their grades. They act as if it is one big happy family when it is fact a business. It is a business that cares more about the bottom line and their checkbook. My child attended another private Christian school and when the tuition became an issue they told me “if you want your child to attend school here we will find a way”. They made good on their promise. Sure I had to do a little work to get this done but nothing in comparison to the discount I recieved so that my child could continue her education there. Call HLS and tell them you have this problem and they will show you the door.

  4. Sam Rob... says:

    People should pay heed to your brilliant insights concerning our “high ranking Christian school.”

    • Dear Sam,

      Every time a guest visits our website we feel a sense of satisfaction, knowing that so many parents are concerned about the quality of education today. You might like to know that traffic on our website peaks in February and March as parents contemplate which school to choose for their children and then rises dramatically again in August and September. This year alone we had almost 6,000 views in the first three months of the year and our essays on education have been read by guests from more than forty countries around the world. We believe we’re succeeding nicely and with very little effort. We owe our success to individuals like you who add to our view count every day.

      Incidentally, some people interpret our motive for creating this website as vindictive, avenging some hideous wrong perpetrated by R-HLS. We occasionally get hate-filled comments from members of the “Christian” HLS community. This perception is mistaken: our mission is to educate parents about the thoughtful design of educational programs (including those for homeschool), programs that leverage experiences to educate the whole child and help our sons and daughters become powerful, critical thinkers.

      You did mean to describe R-HLS as a “Classical Education” school, didn’t you? We can easily understand the confusion.

    • Athena says:

      I wonder if Iculus could expand his/her view on their statement “The statistics should alarm parents of students entering middle or high school.”

      • Iculus says:

        Regarding the statistics –
        The HLS website will always have stats posted, meant to convey success in academics.
        These stats are impressive when viewed once, accepted, and then not thought about.
        Upon further questioning, however, the force which they are meant to convey (and do for many readers) dissipates. In fact, numbers can say what you want them to say and remain true. Does that mean that the message conveyed by means of the numbers is true?
        Imagine a class of 10 students. HLS has had graduating classes smaller than this, and they have published statistics that same year, so the example is not far fetched. Say 7 get above a 30 on their SAT. The other three score above 24. The national average among all students that took the test in the country is 23. Among those millions of test takers, only 5% (sorry, that may be quite high) score above a 30 on the test.
        With those numbers I can legally publish the following:
        100% of our students score above the national average.
        Seventy percent of our students score within the top 5% of the nations brightest minds.

        Imagine that two of the students receive scholarships, one to a reputable university…..
        20% of our graduating class received full scholarships to leading American universities.

        The same goes for faculty. Numbers can say what you want. I’m sure there’s a term for this practice in statistics. I just call it “manipulation for selfish gain”.

        All of that can be applied to faculty as well. Small numbers allow for impressive percentages.

        Here is what should alarm you – the statistics that aren’t readily available –
        The number of elementary students that leave after fifth grade.
        The number of students who leave after 6th grade.
        Follow that logic. The student population that results is a pyramid, with a large base of elementary kids with an anemic graduating class of 20.
        If the statistical method described above were applied to these facts parents would be alarmed.

        If a fifth grade class was comprised of 20 families, and five of them left after that year, the following is true:
        HLS loses 20% of families after they become aware of what the school is actually like.
        Then find the national average of how many families leave a school in that way, and you would end up with something just as powerful as the CEO’s stats, but conveying the opposite message.

        Look into faculty retention as well. Hopefully my point makes clear that were I to estimate that “75% of faculty are pursuing seminary degrees and happy to have a job requiring no background in their subject area,” it would not be easy to accuse me of exaggeration. Small numbers result in powerful averages, for better or worse.

        None of that is easy to find, but if you are considering HLS, it may save you some confusion.

        Please let me know if I can help any further.

    • Iculus says:

      To Site Hosts:
      Sorry, but the post I left above was either sent to you in reckless haste, or the minor editing adjustments have resulted in a confused message. Certain intended modifiers are missing which were the lynch pins for entire sentences. For example, at the end of the first paragraph the concluding sentence was meant to say, “It does NOT follow…”
      Please delete the post and trust that I will send a more cogent, and less objective (lol), message when I have time. While it is my opinion that your blog gains credit by recognizing the strengths of HLS along with the unethical weaknesses, I don’t want to detract from what is clearly a successful effort to help parents. I was attempting to present a perspective tempered by some logic that, in my humble opinion, has to be accepted if HLS’ remarkable growth is going to be accounted for. That is not to impugn your site as lacking logic! The blind faith of well-to-do families seeking a strong college application for their child may be the key to HLS popularity, but such a derogatory summation of the average parent is either too harsh or nocent to your efforts at gaining an audience. While the community of families with children at HLS is among the most loving and supporting group I’ve been blessed to join, a true appreciation of the ideals in the Classical tradition is sorely lacking. I’m curious what you think about Louisville Classical Academy? A school more congruent with those ideals?
      If you would like to retain the post I’m happy to adjust it, otherwise, please bring down.
      All the best.

      Ah yes, this just in…

      Brian Lowe is including on all faculty contracts a Non-Compete Clause.

      I kid you not.

      If you have a friend in the legal trade (which qualifies you as a saint in my eyes)…
      I suspect that any investigation into the contracts of those writing texts at Memoria Press could stand up in court as breaking intellectual property laws. Authors, perhaps because they lack any qualifications to write curriculum, are signing contracts which do not mention, and do not recognize in action, authorial credit, royalties, nor are they provided information regarding the sales of their work after completion.

      Again, if you had funds, or connections, I’m nearly certain a case can be made. Let me know if you were ever to consider such a course of action. Someone with skin in the game would have to volunteer though. I suppose that makes it a lost cause. The company thrives on good faith of honest, hard working seminary students.

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