The Headmaster's Podcast
By John DePoe
The Headmaster's PodcastMar 15, 2023
S1E30: "Fear the Lord" Charge to Graduates 2023
S1E29: Banner Scarborough's UMHB message
One of KPA's graduates, Banner Scarborough, recently spoke at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor's campus revival service. His message is the focus of this episode. In addition to hearing an encouraging biblical message, this episode shows some of the skills cultivated at KPA in crafting and delivering a persuasive presentation.
S1E28: Plundering the Egyptians with Jared Brock
Are you familiar with St. Augustine's metaphor on plundering the Egyptians? Drawing on the Exodus story, Augustine points out that we can take the goods of the non-Christian world and redeem them in service to Christ's kingdom. Jared Brock and I discuss St. Augustine's insightful teaching and how it applies to classical Christian education.
S1E27: The Difference in Classical Christian Graduates
How are graduates from classical Christian schools different from graduates of other schools? To help answer that question, I highlight some of the results from the very interesting study called, The Good Soil Report. This study compares differences between graduates from classical Christian schools with those who graduate from other types of schools such as public schools, generic evangelical Christian schools, Catholic schools, private non-religious preparatory schools, and homeschools. The results are very interesting and encouraging. The classical difference is worth it!
S1E26: Seniors on the Grand Tour
S1E25: On the "hardness" of school
Why is school challenging and difficilut? Why does it have to be so hard? Dr. DePoe gives a brief commentary responding to these kinds of questions by reflecting on a passage from Veith and Kern's Classical Education.
S1E24: KPA Students Share Some Great News
Tommy Nicholson, Ethan Babb, and Katelyn Dowell share some great news they've received. Hear about and celebrate the great things that they are doing!
S1E23: Louis Markos on C. S. Lewis & the Medieval World
Houston Baptist University's Louis Markos tells us about C. S. Lewis and the medieval mindset that inspired him. Tune in for a lively discussion of C. S. Lewis from KPA's former Paideia conference speaker.
S1E22: College Professors on KPA Students
Is there a noticeable difference in the quality of students that KPA graduates? In this episode, Kyle Keltz and James Kemper share their experiences with KPA students. They teach dual credit classes at KPA, but they also teach college courses. You may be surprised to hear what they observe is different about KPA students.
S1E21: Academic Advising with Emily Farmer
In this episode, Emily Farmer shares what families can expect from an academic advisor. She also talks about the strengths that she sees in our students based on standardized test scores, college admissions, and reports from alumni.
S1E20: Has technology made thinking obsolete?
Is thinking carefully, memorizing information, and paying attention to tedious details outdated and unnecessary in education because of the technology at our disposal? Those who think so reflect a modern mindset that is infused with Dewey's pragmatic and empiricist worldview. Some of the differences between modern and classical approaches to education are covered in response to the lead question.
S1E19: Mrs. DePoe talks about Latin
After briefly sharing her family's educational experiences before and after KPA, Mrs. DePoe talks about the study of Latin at KPA.
S1E18: Of Cathedrals and Education
This episode features a commentary comparing the work of classical Christian collaborative education and the building of cathedrals in Middle Ages.
S1E17: KPA Basketball with Coach Bruffey
Coach Bruffey talks about the importance of athletics and how it fits in KPA's mission. Plus, he gives a preview of what to expect from KPA basketball this season.
S1E16: Apologetics with Dr. Kyle Keltz
Dr. Keltz who teaches apologetics at KPA shares his background in the subject and talks about the apologetics class at KPA.
S1E15: Ms. Mock talks 2nd Grade and Math in Focus
Ms. Mock shares what a blessing it is to be part of KPA's community. We discuss what families can expect from 2nd grade, and then we spend a good amount of time discussing Math in Focus. If you have questions about this curriculum, you may find some answers in this episode!
S1E14: Students tell us what they like about KPA
Today's podcast features many of KPA's current students! I went around and asked students to tell us something that they like about KPA, and it was encouraging to hear so many good things that our students already see in the school. Because of the times and place of my recordings, this group is definitely heavily weighted with 5th grade, 6th-8th grades, and 9th-10th grades.
S1E13: KPA 20th Anniversary Speech
This past school year, KPA celebrating 20 years of educational ministry. Our community had a fun celebration. In this episode, I reprise the speech I gave in honor of KPA crossing this milestone.
S1E12: Jesus & Logic with Travis Dickinson (DBU Professor)
What does following Jesus have to do with logic? Classical Christian schools attempt to bring these together, and according to Professor Dickinson, they belong together! Join this conversation to learn more about Jesus and the Way of Logic (the title of one of Prof. Dickinson's books!).
S1E11: Football and more with Peter Griffith, Jr.
KPA's varsity football coach, Peter Griffith, Jr., discusses football and how it plays a formative role in the lives of his players.
S1E10: Interview with DeLeisha Shepherd
DeLeisha Shepherd (KPA music teacher & mom) and I discuss the importance of music. She shares what music education and chapel are like in the School of Grammar and KPA's Kingdom Singers in the School of Logic.
S1E9: Interview with Amanda Castner (Upper School Teacher)
After some announcements, Amanda Castner and I discuss the significance of studying literature in a classical Christian collaborative school.
S1E8: Interview with Alumnus Naomi Martens!
I sit down with Naomi Martens (graduate, class of 2019) to discuss some of the ways that Kingdom Preparatory Academy has had in impact on her life.
S1E7: Dr. Louis Markos & More on Why Christians Should Study the Pagan Classics
Dr. Louis Markos follows up on his keynote address to the KPA community from this summer. We talk some about how and why we should teach the pagan classics, even though some of the content is morally questionable or difficult at times. What about those fornicating Greek gods, child sacrifice, and other eyebrow-raising passages? Join us in thinking about these important topics and themes in classical Christian education.
S1E6: Darra Brown (1st grade teacher) and Jeannette Noel (KPA parent)
In this episode, I have a discussion with Darra Brown about her experiences at KPA as a parent (her kids have graduated from KPA) and a teacher. She shares what families can expect in first grade. The second interview is with Jeannette Noel who is a parent of students in the School of Logic. She tells us about why KPA has been a good choice for her family.
S1E5: Josh Pendergrass (current student!) and Rae Lynn Hamby (Science Teacher)
This week we hear interviews with Josh Pendergrass, a current 11th grader at KPA, and Rae Lynn Hamby, chemistry teacher and science department chair.
Bonus episode! House induction ceremony, charge to the students.
S1E3: Extended Interview with Cheri Poe!
Cheri Poe talks about her experiences as a mother of three children who have been educated at KPA including her oldest who went pre-k to 12th grade with us. She shares her insights about athletics and volleyball as well.
S1E2: Interviews with Alumnus Kathryn Babb and Parent Karis Henry
Announcements and information followed by interviews with Kathryn Babb (alumnus, class of 2020) and Karis Henry (KPA veteran parent).
S1E1: First Week of School! Interviews with Whitney Jonas and Princeton Palmer
In this first episode, I interview two parents at KPA. Whitney Jonas who has been at KPA a long time, and Princeton Palmer a relatively newcomer to KPA.
S1E0: Placeholder and promise of things to come
What is the Headmaster's Podcast? It's a place where stakeholders in the Kingdom Preparatory Academy community can receive information, encouragement, and resources for collaborative, classical, Christian education. This brief episode foreshadows some of what listeners can expect to find through this podcast.