Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This Forum Brought to you by... Mr Brazeale!

Hi all,

Our guest facilitator for Forum this week is our Interim Head of School, Mr. Brazeale.  Here's his forum description and instructions...

I hope that you each have enjoyed (or are enjoying) spring break! For our forum on Wednesday, April 11th, we will be reviewing some history and facts around a political topic. To help you all enjoy your spring break, no pre-readings are required – all that is asked is that you complete a simple survey. The very first item asks that you answer each question and that you not go back and change any prior answers as you continue to complete the survey.
 Curious about the political topic to be discussed? The survey will make the topic clear!
 Complete the survey by clicking here

Thursday, March 15, 2018

S10E12 Does Wealth Make People Mean?

From the iconic Ebeneezer Scrooge to some characterizations of Donald Trump,  there is a popular impression that the wealthy among us are meaner, or at least less compassionate, than those less well-off. This week we'll be hearing from a researcher who tried to scientifically test this idea in a number of ways with some interesting results.


Use this form to share your thoughts and questions on this topic by 8am Tuesday Morning (3/20)

Friday, March 2, 2018

S10E11 Exploring Career Pathways

The Forum on Wednesday, March 7th will be held in Homeroom classes where we will be doing some things related to Career Day on Friday, March 9th.  The dress for the day is daily standard. Friday will be dress standard for Career Day. The pre-Forum assignment is posted on the Trinity Forum blog and is also attached to this email. The last two pages should be printed out and turned into your Homeroom teacher no later than Tuesday, March 5th. You will need to complete the assignment on your student Naviance account. Please use the Google Chrome browser to access Naviance. Safari users have reported problems. If you have forgotten your password, please send me an email. Remember that your Trinity email is the email to use when logging into Naviance.

Prepare for this session using the instructions at this link.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

S10E10 What's Wrong With Parents Today?

The Parent Problem

Parents are obsessed with their children's activities, education, and happiness in ways that rarely occurred in previous generations. They consume shelves of books on parenting (a word that wasn't even in use in the 70's) plan sports and activities, and monitor school projects and assignments in ways their parents would never attempt.

This week's Forum will look at The Parent Problem and consider how things got this way.  We will be watching a TED Talk by Jennifer Senior: 


  • Use this form to submit questions for Forum by 9PM Tuesday Night.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

S10E9 -- How Do We Know The Right Thing to Do?

This week, we'll be discussing a number of ethics scenarios as a way of examining how we decide how to do The Right Thing.

The discussion is inspired by (and borrows liberally from) Harvard Professor Michael Sandel's course on Justice.

To Prepare for forum, please use this link to answer a couple questions by 6PM on Tuesday.

Friday, January 19, 2018

S10E8 How should we treat the animals the feed us?

How much do you know about what goes on in the Egg, Pork, Beef, and Dairy farms that provide much of the food we eat?  You may have heard horrific stories of abuse, but is that really what happens?  Often people believe that large factory farms are responsible for bad conditions, but are family farms any better?

Our guest speaker this morning is Dr. Kimberly Harry, the veterinarian and manager  of Minka Farm and an alumni of the vet school of NC State University. She runs her farm according to the Animal Welfare Approved standards.

After looking at the resources below, go to THIS LINK to complete a short survey that will help Dr. Harry prepare for her talk.  Please submit your questions and complete the survey by 6pm on Tuesday. 


Important:  There are many graphic accounts and videos of animal cruelty in farming.  I am sensitive to how students might feel about the issue and have limited these links to pages that don't go into too much detail; but you may easily come across them by following other links mentioned in the sites I'm sharing. Please use wisdom when choosing how much you want to see, and please be considerate of other students (and family members) who may not wish to see it themselves.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

S10E6 Stoicism

This week we'll be talking about the philosophy of Stoicism, a Greek philosophy originated around 300BC that had a major influence on the Roman empire as well as many Christian theologians and founding fathers.  While some of their ideas on the nature of the physical world have not proven out, this wouldn't surprise them because they had a fairly sober view of the limitations of our minds to truly know what's going on around us. 

One of the things that makes Stoicism relevant today is its view on how we handle anxiety, anger, and misfortunes.  We'll be watching a short talk by Tim Ferris as part of our discussion where he tells how Stoicism may have saved his life.

After reading the resources below, please use this link to submit your thoughts and questions.


  • Here is good description of how Stoics think.  You need not follow the links to other articles and don't be concerned if some of the explanation is difficult to follow.  You should get the gist of it from the main points.  Stoicism 101

  • The Enchiridion by Epictetus is a key stoic book of advice from the second century A.D.   It consists of 52 practical tips (like Proverbs). Read at least the first 20.
  • Meditations by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius is another key Stoic text.  Here are a few key passages.   If you want to see the entire text (also written in the second century) you can find it here

"How do you define personhood and what makes mankind as a species special?"

"What is the role of faith in politics?"

"How can I tell if I'm being truly objective?"

"How much should we trust the science of evolution or global warming?"

These are the kinds of questions that young adults will wrestle with as they try to understand their place in the world. Trinity Academy of Raleigh explores these and similar questions in The Trinity Academy Forum -- a bi-weekly speaker series and dialog for 9th - 12th grade students.

The class seeks to foster Socratic dialog and critical thinking skills by presenting students with thought-provoking and often controversial subjects. When possible, these subjects are presented live by expert guest speakers, but sometimes they may use a video presentation from sources like TED.

The Forums take place on Wednesday mornings. Students from grade 9 through 12 attend the forum. Parents are also invited to attend the forum. Other guests who would like to observe a forum will usually be welcome, but should contact the school for permission.

Parents should note that, because the forum is intended to foster dialog and critical thinking, it may often deal with subjects and viewpoints that may fall outside of (or even be contrary to) a Christian worldview. The views and opinions expressed by speakers and moderators in the forum class are not necessarily those of Trinity Academy or its leadership, but representative of views our students are likely to encounter after they graduate. We believe exposure to these subjects is important to better prepare our students for college and life.