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The Art of Scholé: Cultivating Restful Learning at Anthem Classical Academy

In a world bustling with constant activity and information overload, there is a profound need for a different approach to education—one that allows for deep contemplation, reflection, and genuine understanding. This approach is embodied by the concept of "scholé," a term that encapsulates the essence of restful, meaningful learning. At Anthem Classical Academy, we wholeheartedly embrace the philosophy of scholé; therefore, we want to dive into what it means and how it enriches the educational environment at Anthem.



Understanding Scholé

Scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) is a Greek word that translates to "leisure" or "restful learning." However, it's not about idleness or relaxation in the modern sense; rather, it refers to a state of focused, intentional contemplation that leads to intellectual and spiritual growth. It is a way of learning that goes beyond the rush of deadlines and the accumulation of facts, focusing instead on wisdom, understanding, and the cultivation of the soul.

At its core, scholé encourages a deep connection between the mind, the heart, and the soul. It emphasizes the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty, allowing learners to engage with ideas in a contemplative and unhurried manner. In a scholé-based approach, learning is not just about acquiring knowledge but about allowing that knowledge to transform and shape one's character and worldview.


Applying Scholé at Anthem

At Anthem Classical Academy, scholé is interwoven into our educational philosophy. We believe that true learning occurs when students have the opportunity to engage with subjects deeply, to question and explore, and to make connections across various disciplines. Our curriculum is carefully designed to foster moments of scholé, where students can engage in thoughtful discussions, savor great literature, and reflect on the profound ideas that have shaped human history.


Scholé for the Parent Community

At Anthem we want our parents (and grandparents) to participate in learning more about classical education and the liberal arts tradition that has been passed down to us. We have prioritized a monthly time of restful learning for Anthem parents and grandparents that we like to call, “Scones and Scholé.” It is such a rich time of coming together to experience a taste of what our students are getting in the classroom on a daily basis.

Scholé at Anthem Classical Academy in Fayetteville, AR. Scones and Schole

If you are a current parent or grandparent we encourage you to join us at our next “Scones and Scholé” event where you can enjoy coffee, a scone, and a 45 minute discussion with other parents led by one of our staff members.


You can register for Scones and Scholé here.


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