"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."
The word EDUCATION is derived from two Latin words:
EDUCARE (meaning to train or teach) and EDUCERE (meaning to lead out or away).
"Educare" means to train or teach students.
What will they be learning?
Aristotle said, "Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” Right from the start at Tillman Academy, our curriculum is designed to nurture students' inherent wonder about the world and build in them the capacity for wisdom. Our classical approach creates the bedrock foundation for students to understand the present and best prepare for the future. In this way, our emphasis on leadership, character, and civic virtue is supported by programs that amplify the richness of the liberal arts as well as integrate important elements of 21st century education.
Key Elements of Classical Education
- Phonics instruction for early readers
- Great Books at all levels
- Foreign Language training, including Latin
- Historical focus on Western Civilization
- Socratic Method in the upper grades
- Knowledge is valued for its own sake
- Teachers lead students
Key Elements from Modern Educational Practices
- Technology tools are used purposefully
- Performance is aligned with Texas Standards (TEKS)
- Accountability is measured through testing
(Texas STAAR testing)
- Challenge-based learning
- Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory teaching techniques
- STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math)
"Educere" means to lead students out or away.
Where are they going?
When students graduate from Tillman Academy, where they go is up to them. As they go “out or away,” they must be ready and well prepared for whatever challenges and opportunities they will encounter in life. At Tillman Academy, we prepare them for that moment when they step out on their own and choose their paths.
Our classical liberal arts curriculum prepares every student for a world of opportunity. This curriculum is oriented toward three major areas of development: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In the early years at the elementary level, students focus on grammar. They become well-equipped with the tools to communicate effectively and express their creativity. They learn the facts, knowledge, terms and basic skills that make their capacity to learn truly unlimited. As students progress to the middle school level, the emphasis of our curriculum turns to logic. At this stage, we challenge students to put facts together and explore not only the “what,” but also the “why” about everything. This sharpens their contextual awareness and understanding of the world around them.
In the third stage at the high school level, our
curriculum drives toward “rhetoric,” which is the proper and logical use of knowledge and understanding. Grammar, logic and rhetoric thus build on one another as these concepts become increasingly integrated in the upper grade level curriculum. As each student internalizes these integrated skills, they become ready to step “out or away,” and begin the lifelong development of their leadership, character and civic virtue.