A gracious donor has given a $40,000 matching grant to my friends over at Wheatstone Academy.  Every dollar that comes into December magically turns into two, up to $40,000.   For a small non-profit, $80K helps keeps the lights on for a long time.

If you’re not familiar with Wheatstone, they are revolutionizing education for Christian high schoolers on the west coast.  Their bread and butter is a summer conference that is unique in the high school world, and I have recently started writing high school curriculum for them to embed into Christian high schools.*

I know you’re stretched.  I get it.  There’s lots of good ministries to give to this time of year.  But this is a real chance for a small ministry to gain the critical resources they need to expand.  I completely believe in their leadership and their vision and am excited to see their ministry expand.

So excited that I’m going to give books away.

If you give money of ANY AMOUNT, you can put a comment here or send me an email (matthew dot l dot anderson at gmail) and you will be entered to win.   I don’t care how much.  We can nickle-and-dime them to $40K if we have to.  I just want to see ’em make it.

Here’s what I’m giving away:

(1)  A book packet including:

(2)  One of five copies of Proud to be Right, a volume of essays that I am honored to have a chapter in.

If you are a sponsor and want to add to the pile, send me a note and we’ll work something out.

I hope you’ll consider giving to Wheatstone this Christmas season.   They are the leading edge of youth ministry and your money will be used well.

*That’s my financial disclosure.  I’m not on payroll now, though.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. Christopher Benson December 6, 2010 at 12:59 am

    As a former and possibly future secondary school teacher, I welcome efforts to improve Christian schooling. Based on my experience, the best developments in Christian schooling have been the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS) and PAIDEIA, Inc.

    Besides the summer conference, how is Wheatstone “revolutionizing education for Christian high schoolers on the west coast”? How does their high school curriculum differ from the great books curriculum at ACCS schools?


  2. Christopher,

    It’s actually an interdisciplinary curriculum, thematically arranged and including film, art viewings, art/creative projects, etc. Think of it more as culture making class than a pure great books education (which actually fits better as a track within most Christian high schools).



  3. Yes, but how is it “revolutionizing education for Christian high schoolers on the west coast”?


  4. Perhaps I’m missing you, but if you’re asking the sociological question, the answer is that they’re working with private high schools that are adopting their curriculum (and with phenomenal success rates, I’d add). Perhaps you can point me to another program that has something similar to offer, either as a summer conference for high schoolers or as a high school curriculum?



  5. Yes, you are “missing [me].” Review what I wrote above, and you’ll note that “I welcome efforts to improve Christian schooling.” Translation: Hurray for Wheatstone! When I asked how it is “revolutionizing education for Christian high schoolers on the west coast,” my question was more philosophical, pedagogical, curricular, and cultural than sociological. I’ve visited the website but it doesn’t provide much to answer my curiosity. An “insider” like yourself could help us learn more about the details. By mentioning ACCS and PAIDEIA, I was by no means diminishing Wheatstone. They are the best developments in Christian schooling based on my experience. The former has brought the Socratic method, Trivium, and great books to Christian schools while the latter has instilled a much-needed professional culture to Christian schools (related to board of trustees, administrative leadership, salaries & benefits, faculty recruitment, professional development opportunities).


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  7. Okay. I pointed to the unique nature of their curriculum (seriously, is there any other high school education program that has anything like it?), and to the partnerships they are building with existing Christian high schools to embed it into the mainstream evangelical culture. And then you asked *how* they are revolutionizing high school education. I don’t quite see what else you’re looking for.



  8. Christopher Benson December 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    When you “pointed to the unique nature of their curriculum,” you only provided this detail: “an interdisciplinary curriculum, thematically arranged and including film, art viewings, art/creative projects.” Many of the ACCS schools have a similar curriculum. See Regents School, Austin, TX,; Westminster Academy, Memphis, TN; Bear Creek School, Redmond, WA; Rockbridge Academy, Millersville, MD; Logos School, Moscow, ID; Trinity Classical Academy, Santa Clarita, CA; Coram Deo, Dallas. I’m also quite impressed with Boston Trinity Academy.


  9. Two things: (1) I’m am acquainted with those schools, especially Trinity Classical in Santa Clarita, where several of my friends have been instrumental in designing the curriculum. I also know that most of them approach their curriculum not thematically, but historically (Bear Creek, for instance) and that nearly all of them keep their classes distinct. So while people might get art history, it’s a separate class from world literature. Wheatstone’s curriculum is actually integrated in the sense that every aspect is in a single class.

    (2) Wheatstone isn’t starting a line of schools. No one’s denying that there are schools already in existence that provide good educations. But there are far, far more schools in existence that are using curricula that are less excellent than you or I might desire. Wheatstone is stepping in to reach honors students in those programs, and is providing teacher training and support throughout the implementation off their curriculum.

    If you’d like an essay on the merits of Wheatstone, I’m happy to oblige. Just let me know.


  10. Christopher Benson December 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    As I said before, hurray for Wheatstone Academy! Reform in education must be multi-pronged, and it sounds like Wheatstone is offering something unique alongside the approaches I mentioned from ACCS and PAIDEIA. I wish them the very best.


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