The School of Rhetoric is the capstone of the Regents education. Our students are developmentally ready to learn how to speak eloquently, with poise, good diction, and a winsome presence. But that isn't enough. Rhetoric is, "the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing," and "language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience". A good rhetorician can be a dangerous person using their rhetoric skills for selfish pursuits. An excellent education is incomplete without the proper moral framework. Our purpose is to train future leaders to use a Christian worldview and their technical skills to go out into the world and become culture changers. Regents equips students to lead others in the sciences, arts, business, politics, and humanities to what is true, good, and beautiful.
What does this look like at Regents?
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- Much of our students' learning is around oval Harkness tables in discussion (and sometimes argument!) with one another and teachers.
- Our students work and rework themes written on subjects in the Humanities until both the form and substance of their thoughts are eloquent and persuasive.
- Even in math and science courses, students learn to express their understanding of difficult concepts with words as well as through successful calculation and experiment.
- In what has become a meaningful rite of passage, each senior, in public, presents and defends a researched thesis before a panel of informed judges.
- Our students examine the Western tradition of art, history, literature, theology and philosophy chronologically, recognizing the "Great Conversation" of the ages-and considering what it means to participate in it.