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Petra Academy: Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, and Christ-Figures

Brian Kahn talks with faculty members Sam Koenen and Beth Stohlmann, and junior Nathan Mayville, of Petra Academy of Bozeman, MT. Petra is an accredited member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools.

Mayville says: ""Whenever we go over a concept, the teacher always finds a way to relate it to creation or moral codes that are inherent to Christianity. We just read Thomas Aquinas's "Summa Theologica" in Humanities. It has a lot of discussion of morality and what is goodness, so in the classroom, tied very closely to that book is how we should apply that to ourselves through a Christian lens. We were assigned a paper where we had to imagine what our friends and family would be saying about us at our funeral. We've learned throughout our academic career how to think critically and ethically. This assignment makes you turn those inward to look at yourself, look at your strengths and weaknesses and through that, become a better person."

(Broadcast: "Home Ground Radio," 2/22/15. Listen weekly on the radio, Sundays at  11:10 a.m., or via podcast.)

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
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