Writer Tom Scanlon
“The Greeks had a beautiful word for ‘vulgarity’; they called it apeirokalia, lack of experience in things beautiful,” wrote German-American political philosopher Leo Strauss. “Liberal education supplies us with experience in things beautiful.”
There is only one word for Calen Firedancing’s achievements at Glendale Preparatory Academy: beautiful.
Calen grew up in Anthem, but chose to follow his older brother, Kristoff, at Glendale Prep, seeking the kind of beauteous, liberal education recommended by Strauss (1899-1973).
“It’s a really unique school,” Calen says, shortly after graduation. “We read a lot of philosophy, which makes it different from most schools. It emphasizes the moral life, being a good person, doing community service. It’s about being a member of society. It’s enabled me to be one of most educated kids in America.”
And he has the award to prove that.
In May, U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced...