VanDamme Academy

Life After VanDamme Academy

January 13, 2009

The following is an interview with Evan Storms, a VanDamme Academy graduate currently in the process of applying to college. Perhaps my favorite part of the interview was his answer to my request for the interview itself: “Considering what I gained from your school, I would write a doctoral thesis. . . Continue »

Math Magic

September 26, 2008

Most math curricula are an absolute pedagogical mess. I have long known that math programs treat children like human calculators, programming them with processes they use to input numbers and churn out results. But this became poignantly clear to me when I tried to teach my daughter long division this. . . Continue »

VanDamme Academy in the News

January 28, 2008

Jillian Melchior has written an excellent piece titled ” VanDamme Academy Shows Value of Choice” in The Heartland Institute’s School Reform News. Here’s the opening: The VanDamme Academy, a K-8 school in Laguna Hills, California, has an unusual way of giving students a better foundation of knowledge. Founder Lisa VanDamme. . . Continue »

The False Promise of Classical Education

June 13, 2007

The print edition of the Summer issue of TOS is at press and will be mailed shortly; the online version will be accessible to subscribers on June 20. For promotional purposes, we are making Lisa VanDamme’s “The False Promise of Classical Education” available early and to all. Here are the. . . Continue »

The VanDamme Academy Field Trip

May 29, 2007

In my recent newsletter “The Failure of Field Trips,” I explained what is wrong with traditional school outings. The typical field trip is irrelevant to the students’ education, either because they have been unprepared to appreciate it by their schooling (e.g., City Hall or the opera) or because it is. . . Continue »