On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

Classical Education and “Optimism”

The world of classical education today lives within a curious dialectic. One major reason many embrace it is because they are deeply pessimistic about other kinds of education, even to the point, often, of believing other kinds to be lost causes.  Yet having embraced classical education, many of the same people swing wildly over to […]

Announcing: Via Antiqua Classical Tutorials

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Wisdom in a Box

Since all of us involved in “classical education” were raised with non-classical assumptions about what school is, we need to take care that the phrase “classical education” does not mean for us “wisdom in a box.”  We can’t capture the Liberal Arts inside a textbook or adminstrator-mandated academic schedule or a lesson plan.  The freedom these […]

What Is Education?

 I             First, I’d like to discuss some common ideas that we hold today about education as a prelude to outlining the way I believe we should think about education. (1) Education is the means to get a job and make money.  Few ideas make more sense to we living in this modern world of […]

A Needed Caution About “Worldview Thinking”

As I sometimes do, in this post I’m going to take a remark made by someone else in a different, but somewhat related, context, and use it as a springboard for some of my own thoughts.  The following remark is from R.R. Reno’s introduction to James Jordan’s The Glory of Kings: Thinking about culture—having the […]

The Real Meaning of “Illiteracy”

John of Salisbury, a 12th century humanist (of sorts) writes in Book VII of his Policraticus: Does anyone doubt the desirability of reading the historians, the orators, and the authorities on approved mathematics, since without a knowledge of them men cannot be, or at least usually are not, liberally educated?…those ignorant of these writers are […]

“We Have Fought the Long Defeat”

Galadriel says of herself and Celeborn: “For the Lord of the Galadhrim is accounted the wisest of the Elves of Middle-Earth, and a giver of gifts beyond the power of kings. He has dwelt in the West since the days of dawn, and I have dwelt with him years uncounted; for ere the fall of […]

Wisdom and Folly: A Tale of Two Houses

Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars; She has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, she has also furnished her table. She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks […]

Is The Internet Good For Us?

It would be an understatement to say that the Internet has taken our culture by storm.  Our entire lives can now be lived out in virtual reality.  Paying bills, arguing about politics, watching TV, meeting a spouse, chatting with friends, going to church, verifying how many books we have checked out at the library, renting […]

Learning Takes Leisure

We know a student is not above his master, and that when he is fully formed he will be like him. But even masters have masters and teachers teachers, and One Master and Teacher above them all. If, therefore, Jesus, who is The Teacher, had trouble with his students’ learning, how much more can we […]