On Classical Education and Being a Classical Teacher

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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 […]

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” […]

Quintilian’s Admonition to Students

Though I have spoken in some detail of the duties of the teacher, I shall for the moment confine my advice to the learners to one solitary admonition, that they should love their masters not less than their studies, and should regard them as the parents not indeed of their bodies but of their minds. […]

Educational Alchemy

The hyper-scrutiny and obsession with measurement of student performance that we find in modern education has its origins in scientific knowledge. Educational specialists today believe learning can be scientifically demonstrated in various forms of observation; in order to justify their methods, these modern educational alchemists must prove that learning is happening by measuring students every […]

Tests and the Lost Love of Learning

(NB: The following reflection concerns mostly Middle School students.  I have seen some of these things in some High School classes, but not as often.)   You have probably seen it as many times as I.  Things are going well in a class until you announce, “There will be a test next Friday over this […]

Is Classical Christian Education “Safe”?  (And Is it Sup...

  In the classical Christian school movement, one often hears that given our culture’s overt hostility to the Faith, a chief good of classical education in a Christian school is that young believers can be kept intellectually safe.  Better to read Plato and Cicero and Machiavelli and Marx and Darwin under the tutelage of godly, […]