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Welcome to HeightsCast, the official podcast of The Heights School! Every other week, we feature interviews with teachers and educators here at The Heights School and elsewhere, on the education and formation of the type of man you’d want your daughter to marry. Our hope is that through this medium we can enlighten, inspire, and reassure the parents and friends of The Heights community, and parents and educators throughout the world. Join us!

HeightsCast: Forming Men Fully Alive The Heights School

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Welcome to HeightsCast, the official podcast of The Heights School! Every other week, we feature interviews with teachers and educators here at The Heights School and elsewhere, on the education and formation of the type of man you’d want your daughter to marry. Our hope is that through this medium we can enlighten, inspire, and reassure the parents and friends of The Heights community, and parents and educators throughout the world. Join us!

    Respectful Dominion: Colin Gleason on Discipline

    Respectful Dominion: Colin Gleason on Discipline

    What's your approach to discipline? This week we feature a lecture delivered at The Heights by Mr. Colin Gleason, Lower School Head offering his thoughts on this question. He can't answer for us as parents, but he can share his own philosophy as a teacher and school head. Regardless of whether you are thinking classroom or kitchen, Mr. Gleason encourages us to foster a culture of respectful dominion. And this respect relates to our son's disposition towards us. But it also has import for our respect toward them--towards their dignity and their nature, both as humans and as human boys. Please include links to books:
    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton

    • 45 min
    Finding Mentors After Graduation: Pat Kilner on Find Your Six

    Finding Mentors After Graduation: Pat Kilner on Find Your Six

    In this week’s episode, we sit down with Pat Kilner, a graduate of The Heights, former Heights teacher, Heights dad, and now Chairman of the Board of Directors to discuss his new book, Find Your Six: Stop Lead Generating and Start Building Influence. Whether you are in college or high school, a young professional or a seasoned veteran, this week’s conversation centers on something that is crucial for everyone: mentorship. 
    This mentorship is something that we sometimes take for granted as Heights students, but what happens after The Heights, when your mentor is no longer hunting you down after 3rd period for a check in? How do you find good counsel then, on foreign turf and starting from ground zero?
    Drawing on both his personal experience and formal research for the book, Pat encourages us to find and foster relationships with influencers. As the conversation continues, Pat explains that influencers are really nothing other than great mentors and that perhaps more than anything else, it is finding good mentors that will help one be successful both in his professional career and in his personal life. To this end, he offers advice to college students and young professionals about how to find possible mentors, secure meetings, and approach that first conversation with sincere curiosity and a desire to learn from the wisdom that the other has to offer.
    In the end, Pat shares that these relationships should grow into life-long friendships of mutual benefit. The aim is not to pull mere facts and data points, as one does from google, but to develop an authentic relationship with someone who is a living source of wisdom and to whom one can turn throughout the course of his life. Moreover, once we have benefitted from this wisdom, it’s our turn to pass it on. Way leads on to way and the tradition continues.
    Show Highlights 
    The importance of mentoring both at the Heights and beyond Is it necessary to be excited about what you are doing on a daily basis? Why treating people as commodities is not only bad ethics, but also bad business  How to find mentors and influencers  Three characteristics to look for in a mentor: longevity, implicit trust, ownership mentality  What is needed in a mentor is wisdom, not mere data points Reframing the college years: what would look like if by the end of college, you had acquired 4-6 deep mentorship relationships?  What are good ways for college students to find mentors?  How mentors can help you find mentors in new places.  Why students should ask their professors out to lunch or coffee What is means to form your own “personal board of directors”  How to find mentors, even if you are unsure of your professional path Why parents ought to let their children take ownership of their school work early on How to approach the art of the meeting  What can parents get from the book?  How do influencers and mentors relate to vocation?  Recommended Reading 
    Find Your Six: Stop Lead Generating and Start Building Influence 
    Also on The Forum
    Mentor’s Compass
    Why Boys Need Mentors
    The Odyssey, Mentors, and Humanitas
    How to Guide Conversations with a Mentee

    • 50 min
    The Mission, Vision, and Philosophy of The Heights

    The Mission, Vision, and Philosophy of The Heights

    In this episode of HeightsCast, we feature the speech delivered by Headmaster, Alvaro de Vicente, to attendants of The Heights School's 2021 Fall Open House.

    • 25 min
    Foundations of Hope: Raising Optimistic Men Fully Alive

    Foundations of Hope: Raising Optimistic Men Fully Alive

    This week on HeightsCast, we feature a recording of the first Heights Lecture event of the new school year, featuring Alvaro de Vicente:
    What is optimism? Is it naive to be optimistic? How is optimism related to hope? How, in the end, do we raise sons who can look life's challenges squarely in the face with the the hint of a smile on their lips, knowing that all is in good hands? Join our Headmaster, Alvaro de Vicente, for an evening lecture on how to raise optimistic, hopeful young men.
    Our time, like most all others, has its challenges. Spend an evening with fellow parents interested in keeping their sons' visage fixed firmly on the fullness of reality, and the opportunities of the present moment.

    • 45 min
    Dr. Mehan on Preparing for Bad News: Raising Men Who Can Handle It

    Dr. Mehan on Preparing for Bad News: Raising Men Who Can Handle It

    Bad news is all around us. It always has been. It always will be. As if personal and family challenges weren’t enough, we have an attention economy that seems dead set on giving a generation of young people chronic anxiety about seemingly cataclysmic events. How can we prepare our children to handle bad news? Quite simply, by handling it well ourselves, remaining saintly and cool under fire. How do we do that? Listen in to learn more.
    Additional Resources:
    Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals Dr. Mehan’s piece in the Washington Examiner

    • 55 min
    When Is Your Son Ready for a Smart Phone? Mr. de Vicente on Self-Mastery, Technology, and Parental Discernment

    When Is Your Son Ready for a Smart Phone? Mr. de Vicente on Self-Mastery, Technology, and Parental Discernment

    In this week’s episode, headmaster Alvaro de Vicente helps us develop a philosophy of technology. Building off previous conversations on The Forum with Cal Newport, Mr. de Vicente takes a deep dive into the topic of smartphones. In particular, he helps us answer the following questions: How can parents discern if a smartphone would be beneficial for their son?  When is the right time to entrust him with this powerful tool? Under what circumstances?  Will waiting to give your son a smartphone render him ill-prepared for college and beyond? More provocatively, is it correct to assume that holding off on the smartphone is merely delaying the inevitable? As Mr. de Vicente explains, parents’ discussions of these questions ought principally to consider their son’s level of self-mastery. Like any tool, if a smartphone is to be of help rather than harm, the user must be prepared to use it and not be used by it. 
    On a practical level, the two basic questions to be asked are:
    What are my son’s current needs?  Can my son master this piece of technology?  To answer the first question, Mr. de Vicente suggests that parents consider: 
    The purposes of technology: communication, information, organization, and entertainment. The possible (objective) needs of the boy: calling, texting, GPS.  What tool--whether a smartphone, flip-phone, or some other device--will satisfy the specific needs without being detrimental to the boy’s ultimate good. In order to answer the third point, it is helpful to look at whether a boy has demonstrated self-mastery in the following areas: 
    Property: clothes, school materials, sports equipment. Spaces: room, bed, closet, desk.  Time: morning and evening routines, weekends and holidays. Urges: speaking, food, desire to have a phone. While no-one is perfect, if a child has not displayed a certain level of self-mastery in these areas of his life, it will be hard for him to use a smartphone well. Indeed, it is far easier for a boy to put a shirt on a hanger or make use of a calendar than it is for him to resist the algorithms of technologies whose aim it is for him to be unable to. If he does not do the former, one ought not assume he will do the latter.
    In the end, using smartphones well is not a matter of learning how to navigate technology per se, which is a skill that is not learned with much difficulty. It is, rather, a matter of developing self-mastery, which is a virtue that requires both time and perhaps more than little toil. 
    Show Highlights 
    How to develop a personal philosophy of technology  In general, what is a good approach to smartphones? Questions parents should ask themselves when deciding whether their child needs (and is ready for) a smartphone What are the purposes of a phone?  Are all needs equal? How do you know if your child is capable of mastering a smartphone?  What parents can do to limit bad uses of technology  Does a high schooler need a smartphone in order to be prepared for college?  Is there a right age to give your child a smartphone? Challenge the assumption that the smartphone is inevitable for everyone  Some alternative phones to the traditional smartphone  What to do if a parent has mistakenly given their child a smartphone Also from The Forum 
    Digital Minimalism: Creating a Philosophy of Personal Technology Use
    Digital Minimalism: Creating a Philosophy of Personal Technology Use, Part II

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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117 Ratings

117 Ratings

swac1102312 ,

Heights School

It is wonderful to have Richard Moss back with the podcast! After listening to David Maxham and his exceptional discourse on the intellectual linkage of mathematics and liberal arts, one can appreciate why Richard has so many applicants to the school. The Heights faculty have such an appealing vision in how they want to teach the intellectual and concomitant spiritual foundations required to develop the next generation of leaders. swac in Calif 25 October 2021 This is a follow-on review to commend Richard Miss on another exceptional interview. This discussion with Michael Moynihan on classical education had interesting parallels to one that Richard conducted over two years ago with David Maxham. These two discourses reflect on the Heights School’s commitment to exceptional education for which we all benefit now and in the future.

Naxnaman ,

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One of the most important podcasts parents must take time to listen to especially if they have children in grade school and high school.

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Great podcast!
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