Augustine confessed that he was “one of those who write because they have made some progress and who, by means of writing, make further progress” in the spiritual life. (Letter 143) John Newman said, “writing demands humility”.
The WISDOM Socratic Dialogue Online Program includes a selection of writing courses. At the heart of each of these courses is a particular focus on discovering and expressing truth and beauty. No matter what the subject or content of student writing, all submissions should ultimately reflect truth and beauty.
Most writing will not have a religious theme but should reveal the goodness and wisdom of God. Evil is not glorified. Good triumphs. Lies are exposed. Truth reigns.
WISDOM’s Socratic Dialogue Online Program is one that is built around classic literature and timeless authors of past centuries. The writing courses model the great writers whose works have stood the test of time, reveal truth and beauty, are morally solid, have something to teach, and encourage our spiritual life. In WISDOM’s list of books, these qualities can be found in a great variety of styles and subject matter. Students are encouraged to hone their writing skills and creativity by looking carefully at what the masters teach through their writings.
Write to discipline the mind. Write to find humility and ground one’s intellect in God. Write to create art. Write to learn. Write to inform. Write to bring pleasure and stimulate the mind in truth. Write to serve. Write to tell a meaningful story. Write because of mission. Write to become more human and free.
1. Every paper or report submitted must be the student’s own work. Wording should be the student’s own. Quotes from lectures, Internet sources, books, articles, and other writers’ phrases or sentences must be “sourced” or stated. Plagiarism is a serious offense; it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of what plagiarism is and to avoid it. If a student plagiarizes, they will be given a single warning and will need to meet certain requirements given by the tutor (eg. submitting work in progress, etc). A second instance of plagiarism will result in the student being removed from the course.
2. Assignments must be remitted on time. A tutor reserves the right to not grade a late assignment unless the student has received prior authorization from the tutor for a deadline extension.
3. Content should be of a quality that does not glorify violence, gore, the occult (including possession and spells), or any imagery or presentation that diminishes the dignity of the human person. Good writing does not rely on explicit depictions of tasteless or immoral content. In striving to imitate the great classical writers, students will strive toward high standards and wholesomeness.
4. Improper language, swearing, or words that insult human dignity will not be accepted in any WISDOM writing course.
5. Students will be required to follow specific formatting requirements for their assignments. Assignments should be written in black, Times New Roman, size 12 font, and be doublespaced. Assignments should also have a header, aligned to the top left hand corner of the first page.
Class, Assignment Number
Due Date of Assignment
Advanced Writing, Assignment 1
September 7, 2017
6. Parents are the primary educator in the home and may decide to grade their child’s writing assignment at any time, informing the tutor of this preference.
7. Tutors may refuse evaluation, grading, or tutorial guidance when presented with writing that does not meet WISDOM criteria.
Socratic Dialogue Online Program Director
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