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Classically Educated

Classical Christian education teaches students to think for themselves, to pursue virtue (not merely behavior), and to communicate with eloquence in writing and speaking.

 

Classical Christian education is inherently transformational. By being immersed in the truths of the gospel and the great ideas of Western culture, students are changed. Teaching for wisdom and virtue, rather than mere vocation, alters the focus of education to who we become, not what we know.
 

Historically, the goal of education in ancient and medieval times was to teach children how to think and learn for themselves. They were given the tools of learning and then taught how to apply those tools of learning to any subject they encountered. In contrast, modern education generally tends to teach “subjects” or “skills.”

The Ancient and Medieval school curriculum taught three basic tools of learning:

  • Grammar: The fundamental rules and core knowledge of each subject.

  • Logic: The ordered and logical relationship of particulars in each subject.

  • Rhetoric: How the grammar and logic of each subject may be clearly communicated.

 

These three basic tools of learning (Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric) were called the Trivium. The Trivium is the heart of classical education. These tools of learning, not mere “subjects”, were forged and mastered. Subjects were the material upon which one practiced and developed these tools of learning. The Trivium is nothing more than a proven and very practical approach to education that works. It is an instructional model that (1) is a common sense way of looking at subjects, (2) approaches the study of subjects in a way that naturally fits with how we learn, and (3) tailors curriculum content to a child’s cognitive development. Classical education teaches students how to learn so they are equipped to pursue whatever they want to learn for the rest of their lives.

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What is a Classical School?

 

Classical schools are known for exploring the depths of a subject matter, for committing facts and ideas to heart through songs and chants, and for treating students like embodied, spiritual beings who love beauty, truth and goodness. It is common in a classical school to hear songs and chants, see students using their bodies in learning, embracing virtue, wonder, and curiosity, and observe young scholars in contemplation. Students leave classical schools grounded in self and truth. They perform better on college admissions exams, achieve higher grades in college classes, and practice the Christian life.

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