On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

Posts in category Blasts from the Past

“A Skimpy Knowledge is Not a Pleasing Thing”

Here’s a nice little exhortation from Hugh of St. Victor (ca. 1096 – 1141), one of the greatest of the Medieval theologians, concerning those who complain that they have no time to study things which they feel are superfluous to their chosen task: As in the virtues, so in the sciences, there are certain steps. […]

On Training the Minds of Boys

…Certainly a liberal education does manifest itself in a courtesy, propriety, and polish of word and action, which is beautiful in itself, and acceptable to others; but it does much more.  It brings the mind into form, – for the mind is like the body.  Boys outgrow their shape and their strength; their limbs have […]

Classical Education in 1779

William Bennett’s Our Sacred Honor contains an interesting section on the American Founders’ views on education.  I came across the following list of study topics written by John Quincy Adams to his father, John Adams. Then but twelve years old, here is what John Quincy was studying: + Latin composition + Explaining Cicero + Explaining […]