Weaving Our Next Web

Just recently, at a company “Scholé Lunch,” we read and discussed Walt Whitman’s poem “A Noiseless, Patient Spider.” We were slow to approach the poem, but after about fifteen minutes the discussion took on a life of its own. Here is the poem:

A NOISELESS, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

Well, we at CAP have been patiently weaving another web: a completely new website. We have been casting forth filament, filament, filament as endless lines of code, text, photos, and media—and seeking to connect them into a meaningful, beautiful hold. If you are reading this post, you are on the new website, and I hope that you, too, can see that it is beautiful and that the ductile anchor does indeed hold.

Virtually our entire team has been a spider on this web, so unlike Whitman’s spider, we have not stood isolated. We have, however, worked ceaselessly over many months to weave this web. We should praise the chief spiders among us: Stuart Dum (our in-house programmer and web developer), David Gustafson (one of our creative designers with great web-developing ability), and Robert Baddorf (our creative director who is gifted in design and many other media). The site design has been collaborative with regular input from Rebecca James (our VP of sales and marketing), along with help from Tristin Schambach (our sales and marketing associate), Brittany Stoner (our operations assistant), Emily Price (our eLearning coordinator), Greg Lowe (our business and operations manager), and Laurie Gustafson (our house editor). In other respects, none of these wonderful people resemble a spider.

Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant and speaker, who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He co-founded and serves full time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He is the board vice president of the Society for Classical Learning and the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world.

Christopher received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Pennsylvania for ten years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press. Christopher has a passion for classical education and is a lover of goodness, truth, and beauty wherever it is found.