As a child passes out of the Grammar stage he becomes less likely to enjoy rote learning and becomes more inquisitive. These are signs that the child is leaving the Grammar stage and moving into the Dialectic stage. The Dialectic, or Logic stage (7 - 9) brings the grammar of disciplines into ordered relationships. The goal is to equip students with the thinking skills necessary to recognize sound arguments and ideas and to detect and correct fallacious ones. This stage addresses the questions of how and why. God has made children of the 7th - 9th Grade years questioning, so at Veritas we teach them how to question things rightly and righteously. The overarching discipline of this stage is logic. Whereas in the Grammar stage students learned many facts without realizing the logical connection between the facts, in the Dialectic stage students work to see the logical connections between facts that they learned in the Grammar stage. The goal of the Trivium is to educate students not in what to think primarily, but in how to think, thoroughly, maturely and biblically.
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Theology: The student will know the basics of theology. Special concern will be given to the doctrine of Scripture and students will be taught that the every word of the Bible was inspired by Holy Spirit of God and is therefore the ultimate rule of all Christian belief and practice. Students will also learn sound principles of biblical interpretation and gain an understanding of Latin and biblical Greek (beginning in 2008) so that they will be able to read the original text of the New Testament. Finally, students will study a broad breadth of theology touching on all of the major areas of theology (God’s being and creation, anthropology, Christ’s person and work, the means of grace—especially the church, the word and the sacraments and finally, eschatology). In this, all instruction will be consistent with the school’s statement of faith and each student will always be challenged to apply the truth of God to his own life.
Literature: The student will be able to become familiar with the common cultural consensus of our western world: that body of thought, belief, and imagination that all educated people in the western world share in common, and with which we must be familiar in order to understand, participate in, and exercise an influence over our culture. A student will also be given a context for understanding other types of studies since the great ideas in all areas of knowledge find their popular expression in literature. Finally, students will be enabled to appreciate the beauty of language and literature which is a critical part of the complete Christian life: not only does Scripture frequently convey truth in poetry, image, and symbol, but God has made us to desire and need beauty; consequently, we must learn to discern kinds and qualities of beauty in order to glorify Him in our aesthetic life, and exposure to great literature is one of the best means to do so.
History: The student will be able to discern the providential acts of God and the student's covenantal identity with men who have gone before him: identity with men of his culture, of his nation, of his family, and most importantly, of the people of God. The student will also receive both encouragement and warning from the actions of his forebears, and from the consequences of their actions. From this study our aim is that the student would gain wisdom: to avoid the sins of the past, to improve upon the thinking of his forefathers, and to instill godliness in future generations.
Logic: The student will be able to think rightly. He will know both formal logic, the study of syllogism and propositions, and informal logic, the study of the informal fallacies. He will also gain an understanding of how to apply the skill of Logic to all of the information that he encounters in our culture. Finally, the student will be taught to see the logical nature of God (who is Logic Himself) and to glorify and worship Him for this reason.
Rhetoric: The student will be able to persuade others in a God-glorifying manner. He will also be able to winsomely give a reason for the hope within him. He will master the basics of formal rhetoric and then perfect his skill by constant practice in all of his classes. This will culminate in the writing and defense of a thesis paper during his senior year.
Classical Language (Latin): The student will be able to read the New Testament, the writings of the Church Fathers and the great works of antiquity in the original. A student will also be enabled to master the English language. The study of classical language will also help the student to more deeply grasp English grammar and more quickly learn modern foreign languages.
Modern Foreign Language (Spanish): For the student who studies modern foreign language Veritas Christian Academy has these objectives. The student will be able to communicate with people of other nationalities. He will accomplish this by gaining mastery of the language’s grammar and syntax. They will also be enabled to interact with and enjoy literature written in that language and other cultures.
Sciences: The student will be able to distinguish God’s glory by gazing at his creation. He will become acquainted with the system of inductive thought (learning by using the scientific method—experimentation). He will gain an understanding of science in general, the science of life (biology, anatomy & physiology, and marine biology), chemistry and physics.
Math: The student will master the basic operations of mathematics with all types of numbers. He will also be able to solve complex equations for a variable and then for numerous variables. The students will be able to do the proofs of Geometry and will also be able to solve problems using trigonometric functions. In all of this a student will be taught to glorify the God of all order for the order that is in nature.