The subject of history is often misunderstood as the memorization of dates, names, and events with little actual relevance to modern life. In reality, students who study history dive into a study of the human condition. They observe the great movements and accomplishments in history and learn from the successes and failures of past generations. The classical approach to history emphasizes reading historical texts directly to understand the people of the past in their own words. These texts provide the backdrop for examining the actions of historical figures and the outcomes of their choices. Examining these historical thoughts translated into action reveals how these people answered some of the questions mankind has been wrestling with since the beginning of time: What does it mean to live a good life? Is it right for a man to rule over another? Do human beings have natural rights? How one answers these questions affects not only the individual, but also families, communities, and nations.
The study of history is critical to modern life. The questions our ancestors wrestled with are the same questions that we are still asking ourselves today. History allows students to see how other peoples have answered these questions with the hindsight of knowing what effect these answers caused. They learn to appreciate the struggles and sacrifices of the past that produced their current culture. History presents students with exemplars of virtue through the men and women who chose goodness and truth over expedience or comfort. These tangible examples make our core virtues relatable and relevant to the daily lives of our students.
About Ascent Classical Academies
Teachers create their own lessons within the framework set by our content-rich curriculum, in collaboration with colleagues and in partnership with Hillsdale College's Barney Charter School Initiative. Teachers are responsible for mastering the key elements of their instruction and will exhibit dedication to the intellectual and moral betterment of their students. Ascent Classical Academies encourages teachers to take their own moral and intellectual improvement seriously as part of a supportive and excellence-driven culture.
Qualified candidates will have a strong background in the subject matter, demonstrate high moral character and embrace the virtues of a democratic society. The successful candidate will also foster professional friendships with faculty and staff, seek collaborative relationships with parents, and mentor students in the pursuit of their own flourishing. Candidates require at least a four-year college degree. A teacher’s license is neither required nor preferred.
Please include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, a 400-500 word statement of educational philosophy, and unofficial transcripts. Please direct additional questions to Careers@AscentClassical.org mailto:Careers@AscentClassical.org?subject=Questions%20Regarding%20Job%20Posting .
Desired Start Date: August 1, 2021
Benefits Offered: Medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with employer match, flex time off (FTO)