An Unhurried Curriculum
Trinity is a school with an unhurried curriculum.
We pursue depth and understanding over coverage,
And we recognize that learning takes time,
Lots of time,
Different kinds of time,
The right time.
Sometimes we need to slow down to learn well.
And we know that the desire for too much can ruin the blessing of enough.
A Leisurely Pursuit of the Life of the Mind
Trinity can break and re-make the educational mold by being a school that not only trains the intelligence but also stimulates, respects, and enjoys the intellect. It is relatively easy to fashion a school into a place that stretches and stimulates intelligence. One can move a long way in that direction simply by ordering from a catalogue. But to build a school that is devoted to the intellect--that is a much taller order. It means, first and foremost, the gathering of people--teachers, parents, friends--who themselves embody this teeming fascination with the life of the mind.
Excellence through Moderation
Excellence or perfection comes to us humans only through moderation. This idea, like so many good ideas in a fallen world, is counter-intuitive and bears a little explanation. To say that a school strives to be excellent is to raise a critical question: “What is the best that you can be?” Our answer: To be happy, first in God, and then with others and finally with one’s self. And for the attainment of such happiness, there is but one road, the way of virtue. The pursuit of God through faith, hope, and love; the good life with others through prudence, justice, courage, and temperance; and the blessed happiness with ourselves that comes from knowledge, wisdom, art, wit, and the like. Now for the living of such a life, one principle is key: The happy Yes comes only through the painful No.
How do we know this? First, and most importantly, we have our Lord’s example, who “learned obedience from what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:18). Thus also did he counsel us, his disciples: “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell” (Mark 9:43). Like so much of Jesus’ teaching, this great truth was not new, but simply the fresh wind of the Spirit filling the old sails of the sayings of the wise: “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 4:6).
Articles of Interest
"How Challenging?" Chip Denton
"Boundary Lines in Pleasant Places," Chip Denton
"Excellence through Moderation: In Which the Headmaster Attempts to Explain a Puzzling Word in the Mission Statement," Chip Denton
"Engaging the Mind in Unhurried Excellence," Warren Gould
"Playing Around at Trinity," Chip Denton
"Snow Days," Chip Denton
"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," Robert Frost
"An Apology to the Graduates," Anna Quindlen
"Slowing Down," Billy Collins