After much deliberation, ballot-box stuffing, vote-recounting and hand-wringing, we have settled on the winners of our Name-Our-Homeschool Contest, and we have also decided on a name.
First of all, a big thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas---Just having all of those different possibilities helped to get the creative juices flowing.
So, our Top Three Choices in no particular order are: (drum roll)
Fantastic Four Academy (Joy Manda) We love this one because it makes us think of our little Superhero kiddos!
Phronesis (Michelle Smith) This is a really cool idea because it means "practical wisdom" in Greek.
East-West Academy (Melody Tiegs) This is a good one just because it's our life--- we are from the West, but we fly west to go to the Far East, then fly east to go back to the West...kind of confusing, but it makes sense too! Oh, and then (and I assume this was the original intent) the Bible tells us that as far as the east is from the west, that's how God has separated us from our sins--- and that's even better!
Congratulations to our Winners! You'll be receiving a cool prize in the mail sometime soon.
And, after sifting through all of the collected wisdom in school naming, looking at school names around the world, and throwing darts at a board with our top 147 choices (just kidding)...we have decided on:
Phronesis Academy Thanks for the idea Michelle! Your name will now go on to our letterhead, customized pencils, sweatshirts, and athletic team jerseys.
For those of you who haven't studied Greek, it's a really cool word--and, (I'm quoting directly from dictionary.sensagent.com here, so you know it's true....)
According to Aristotle' theory on rhetoric phronesis is one of the three types of appeal to character (ethos). The other two are respectively appeals to arete (virtue) and eunoia (goodwill).
Gaining phronesis requires maturation, in Aristotle's thought:
|“||Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks experience, since some length of time is needed to produce it (Nicomachean Ethics 1142 a).||”|
Phronesis is concerned with particulars, because it is concerned with how to act in particular situations. One can learn the principles of action, but applying them in the real world, in situations one could not have foreseen, requires experience of the world. For example, if one knows that one should be honest, one might act in certain situations in ways that cause pain and offense; knowing how to apply honesty in balance with other considerations and in specific contexts requires experience.
Aristotle holds that having phronesis is both necessary and sufficient for being virtuous; because phronesis is practical, it is impossible to be both phronetic and akratic; i.e., prudent persons cannot act against their "better judgement."
And, they say that as you name your school, think about how it sounds when you have to write it down on a University Application someday. So, we tried to keep that in mind...In about 12 years I guess we'll see if it worked or not.