Daily Archives: October 19, 2014

Chess, Chivalry, and Story: The Beginning of the Hero’s Journey

By Beto Carmona

parsifal-in-quest-of-the-holy-grail-ferdinand-leekeSome of the sweetest joys of being a teacher are those moments when the books are set aside, the pencils are put down, and everyone in class delves deep into a good, captivating conversation spurred by a topic brought up in class. At Western Academy, we, students and teachers, are free to be leisurely, just because it is good to be so. Without sacrificing high standards for our boys, we let the boys experience what Aristotle meant when he said, “We work in order to have leisure” (Pieper 20). To this noble end, this year our barefooted boys are rediscovering an innate, joyful and angelic love of learning through a focus on leisure in the Chess, Chivalry, and Story (CSS) class, where the boys are instructed in the high art of The Dangerous Book for Boys to equip them for the hero’s journey of life. Continue reading Chess, Chivalry, and Story: The Beginning of the Hero’s Journey