Posts in Character Formation
Faithfulness Brings Boonton Bomber Home to OLMC

As a senior at Boonton High school and co-captain of its football team, Luke Agnew helped lead the Bombers to a state championship in 2003. He would never have imagined that years later he would return to Boonton as a teacher dedicated to shaping the souls of young people at OLMC School. Even as a football champion, he didn’t fully realize how formative the experience of that season would be for him—but he recognized that the steadfast investment of his coaches transformed his life…

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A Community of Friends - United in Purpose, Ready for a Great Year

Each new school year, we as a faculty dedicate ourselves to thinking deeply about a particular dimension of our work. It serves as a kind of theme for the year as it alerts us to things that take form in the classroom, and throughout our school…This year, we reflected as a faculty upon the role of friendship in a learning community….

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Friendship is essential to happiness, but is in precipitous decline. What can we do about it ?

Americans are suffering from an epidemic of loneliness as fewer and fewer of us enjoy the benefit of real friendships. The personal and social impact is significant and serious, leading to an upsurge in isolation that is transforming our lives and our communities—and not for the better.  

It used to be the case that parents could take for granted the idea that their children would learn how to develop friendships at school, but increasingly that seems not to be the case. Indices of social health suggest that the consequences are dire. In this remarkable commentary, Thomas Hibbs, the new president of the University of Dallas, explains why friendship is essential to human happiness, the significance of its conspicuous decline, and what we as parents and educators can do about it.

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Remembering Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America and the Habits of (Young) Hearts

…students at OLMC School read selections from Democracy in America to learn from Tocqueville as they begin to prepare to assume the mantle of responsibility for their country. More importantly, though, as students at a school that fosters the habits of shared inquiry and a common academic pursuit, they come to understand the vitality of a learning community organized around a love for truth, goodness, and beauty—and consequently, for one another.

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OLMC Drama Department Delivers Powerful Performance of Sophocles' Antigone

…After spending months bringing Antigone to life, they have rightly learned to be impatient with the gleeful hostility and opportunistic grandstanding that so often passes for leadership today. Now that they have experienced for themselves the lessons Sophocles imparted through his characters, they are starting to understand the crucial but often subtle differences between genuine civil discourse and a Twitter war, and they are learning to demand the former. Even more importantly, they are training to become leaders who restore humility and truthfulness to politics…

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OLMC Announces New School Mascot!

He represents the sacred. In Hellenic thought he was associated with Zeus, Apollo, Leto, and Artemis; he was understood to have harnessed the energy of the sun. In Christian tradition, he is a symbol of Christ, announcing the light that follows even the blackest night. He was present at one of the darkest moments in all of human history, when Christ was abandoned by his best friend; yet he sang out not to condemn, but rather to announce the redemptive grace offered by every new day…

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To Everything There Is a Season: The Educational Moment

Education done right involves an experience of beauty that wounds us, makes sore our hearts, and prompts us to walk softly, indeed humbly. Whether it comes through the splendor of creation, the artistry of the written word, the example of a saint, or the subtlety of a mathematical proof, that experience provokes in us an awareness of what we lack and presents us with something we long to have.

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