Revolutionizing Learning: Classical Education in an Online Approach at JNDA
Classical education, with its focus on the systematic pursuit of knowledge, has been the bedrock of intellectual development for centuries. At John Nelson Darby Academy (JNDA), we are pioneering a unique approach that brings this time-honored educational philosophy into the modern age through the integration of technology. Here, classical education meets the convenience and flexibility of online learning.
Daily Learning at JNDA
Every weekday at JNDA is carefully structured to optimize student learning and engagement. Our students have five daily classes from Monday through Thursday, each requiring around 30 minutes of focused learning time.
Each class follows a two-step process. First, students engage with class material through reading assignments. This independent reading is designed to encourage self-learning and foster a love for knowledge, true to the principles of classical education.
Next, students answer daily questions related to the reading material. Most questions are essay-based, encouraging students to delve deeper into the subject matter, articulate their understanding, and develop their verbal communication skills. Verbal communication is a cornerstone of classical education, and it is a critical life skill for leadership and success in diverse fields.
Tailored Learning Experience
One of the most remarkable features of our approach is its adaptability. Based on the student responses, our teachers can tweak the next assignment to better suit their level of understanding. This individualized approach ensures that each student’s learning experience is tailored to their needs, fostering an environment where everyone can thrive and achieve their full potential.
Teachers at JNDA grade assignments daily, providing timely feedback to the students. Our teaching model encourages a dynamic learning environment where assignments are posted on the day they are to be done. This approach allows teachers to modify the content based on the students’ current understanding, ensuring an evolving learning process that is responsive and adaptive.
Balancing Work and Rest
A typical student should expect to spend 2 to 4 hours on schoolwork from Monday through Thursday. This structure ensures that students have ample time to engage with their work deeply without feeling overwhelmed, mirroring the measured, thoughtful pace of classical education.
Fridays are dedicated to tests, although not every class will have a weekly test. These tests are crucial for assessing students’ understanding and mastery of the material. However, we also value the importance of rest and reflection in learning, in keeping with the balanced rhythm inherent in classical education.
Classical Education in the Digital Age
The blend of classical education principles with an online format at JNDA offers a unique and powerful learning experience. It combines the depth and rigor of classical education with the flexibility and accessibility of online learning. By doing so, we ensure our students receive a robust education that is both academically rigorous and relevant to the 21st-century world.
The future of education lies in successfully harnessing the best aspects of traditional and modern teaching methods. At JNDA, we invite you to experience this innovative approach to classical education, where we engage the past to shape the future.