Writing and Thought; Oratory and Ethics: What we Give Our 7th Graders in the Core


This week’s HeightsCast features Mr. Tom Cox, one of the engineers of the Heights Core Humanities Sequence, who discusses the capstone 7th grade course. Our 7th graders tackle Latin and English simultaneously. How? Why? Listen in to find out. At The Heights, diagraming a sentence in two separate languages can lead to clarity of thought and the good moral life.

Tom Cox

About the guest:

Tom Cox


Born and raised in Southern California, Tom Cox attended Hillsdale College in Michigan. After college, he went on an 18,000-mile road-trip exploring America and, while touring the country with his barbershop quartet, was offered this job at The Heights. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Nicole, and four children. In the summer of 2019, he completed a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in Annapolis. The experience of being a Johnnie helped sharpen his pedagogy while expanding the tools he uses in the classroom, from seminars to oral exams. He blogs on all topics educational at his personal blog grammatic.us. When he isn’t speaking or reading Greek and Latin, he enjoys reading (English), hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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