On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

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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 […]

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 […]

Some Thoughts on “Hebraic Thought” vs. “...

Moses Hadas, writing of the perceived radical divide between Hebraic and Greek thought and life, notes that in 1 Corinthians 1:22 the Apostle Paul characterized the Jews as seeking after signs and the Greeks as seeking after wisdom.  This remark provides a biblical root for a dichotomization between “Hebraic” and “Greek” which has come to […]

Noble and Useful

“Liberal arts?  Ha, ha, ha, what are you going to do with that?  Flip burgers?”  “What does reading Aeschylus and Cicero have to do with real life?”  “How can I get my Latin grade up so I can keep playing soccer?”  “I’m taking the ACT again because I need half a point more to get […]

An Uncommon Essay on the Very Word “Classical”

In the 1990s, Turner Network Television created a category of movies it called “the new classics.”  These consisted of movies between 15-20 years old, selected for their emotional resonances with the audience who grew up watching, quoting, and imitating them.  Of course, the phrase “new classics” is nonsense because each term cancels the other out.  […]

Human Being, not Technician

Classical teaching was chiefly interested in the man himself, not in equipping technicians for specialized jobs; and it is this, perhaps, that most sharply distinguishes it from the education of our own time, which makes it its first aim to produce the specialists required by a civilization that to a quite fantastic extent has been […]

Man, Not Child, The Standard of Education

In the first place, the whole aim of this [Ancient classical] education was the formation of adults, not the development of the child.  There is no point in being led astray by etymology.  I know quite well that [paideia] contains the word [for “child”].  But this needs to be translated as “the treatment to which […]

Philosophy and the Classical School

As classical educators, we are committed to the articulation and practice of the Christian worldview.  Although we often list the contents of that phrase in terms of specific doctrines, it would surely be fair to summarize its origin and requirements on us as being “the fear of the Lord.”  In the Scriptures, “fearing the Lord” […]

“They Just Need More Science and Math”

It can be instructive to think about classical education in America by looking at the Founding Fathers.  Until his college years, Alexander Hamilton was largely self-educated, having read many classics, especially Plutarch’s Lives, on his own initiative as a boy. His studies only got more intense in college in his mid teens, and he went […]

Facing the Pagan Monster Under the Bed

Some Christians suspect classical education of corrupting young Christians by exposing them to non-Christian art, literature, and philosophy.  These Christians want to protect the young people by limiting the basis and content of education to what they call “the biblical worldview,” based entirely on the Bible. But for all the seemingly wholesome piety of this […]