Mr. Patrick Halbrook teaches European History (11th grade), Rhetoric III (11th grade), and Rhetoric IV (12th grade). He also serves as the Director of Writing Instruction. A graduate of Florida College (B.A., Biblical Studies and Liberal Studies) and North Carolina State University (M.A., History), Mr. Halbrook holds ACCS Master's Certification and has taught a wide variety of classes at Cary Christian School since 2006. He and his wife, Kaylie, have four children, three of whom are students at CCS.

25 Years of God’s Blessings

In 1994 a small group of Christian families, troubled by the fact that there were no Christian schools in Cary, decided they needed a better option for educating their children. Eager to provide an education that was both Christian and academically robust, they began meeting together to discuss the formation of a new school. Like…

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Praying for Student Success

“Dear Lord: please help my son to make all A’s, ace the SAT, pass his AP exams with flying colors, and get accepted into a prestigious university. Amen.” What do you think of a prayer like this? Would you pray it for your son or daughter? Some might find it to be asking too much.…

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Learning How to Learn: The Senior Thesis

“The thesis is there to prove that we are no longer just students, absorbing information from other people. In the thesis project, we find our own sources and reach our own conclusions…we truly have to create something.” This, according to one of my students last year, was the highlight of Cary Christian School’s senior thesis…

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A Society of Teachers at Cary Christian School (Part 2)

“If I had to give up preaching and my other duties,” wrote Martin Luther, “there is no office I would rather have than that of school-teacher. For I know that next to the ministry it is the most useful, greatest, and best…Therefore let it be considered one of the highest virtues on earth faithfully to train the children of others…”

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Knowing God at Harvard

If a high school student asked you to recommend a college where the Bible is faithfully taught, Christian moral principles are held in high esteem, and knowledge of God is understood to be the foundation of all knowledge, what would you suggest? A number of colleges may come to mind, but it is highly unlikely…

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Are They Ready to Give an Answer?

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15) Today, there is a tremendous need for young people (and all Christians, for that matter)…

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Chivalry in the Twenty-First Century

A recent study made the unsurprising observation that men open doors for women less frequently than they used to in years past. It used to be, of course, that opening a door for a lady, giving up one’s seat for her, and similar actions were considered signs of respect and chivalry, key aspects of how…

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Whose Children Are They?

Last year, MSNBC host and Tulane University political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry sparked a controversy when she remarked, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”  Clarifying her comments a few days later,…

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Begin with the End in Mind

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote that anyone who wants to succeed in an endeavor must “begin with the end in mind.”  What then should be the ultimate end, or goal, of education?  Today, the answer to this question is far from self-evident, but it is as consequential as ever. Theologian…

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