Wednesday, November 08, 2006

What is a Classical Education?

I agree wholeheartedly with this definition of a classical education.

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  1. previous commentors29.12.06

    November 8, 2006 - Amen

    Posted by HarmonyArtMom


    Thanks for posting this article on classical education. I agree, not just in theory but in practice. I am planning my son's high school curriculum and I want to stick with TWTM but I have had a hard time convincing myself that he is cut out for a "great books" study. I decided to start now and plan out what I want him to read and then do it myself to see what I thought. I started with Gilgamesh and now the Iliad. I have switched gears after completing those two books and I have realized that they may be great literature to some but unless I make them relavant to our Bible based teachings, they are just exercises and he will not be gaining any wisdom and understanding from them. Sure we could just read them through but it is worthless if we don't actually gain something from them.

    I am printing the article out and saving it for those days where I need to remind myself of the "why's" of a classical education.

    Harmony Art Mom

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    November 11, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by lindafay

    I agree with you.
    I remember reading that David Hicks realized over time that he had once placed too much value in the early ancient documents. He still thinks they are valuable, but not as he supposed.
    I think it is helpful to remember that early classical students read the ancient works exclusively because their choices were limited. We now have a much larger banquet to choose from.

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