Category Archives: Classical Education

Figurative Language and the Poetic Art

Many years ago, I was doing research in the Catholic University of America library, and by chance discovered Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language by Sister Miriam Joseph. At first, I was overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of … Continue reading

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Classical education — “learning to read.”

In his Confessions, Augustine expresses gratitude for his classical education. Although he is highly critical of the pagan mythology that saturated his curriculum, he observes, “those primary lessons were better, assuredly, because more certain; seeing that by their agency I … Continue reading

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Jacques Barzun on Reading the “Classics”

Many readers will be familiar with Jacques Barzun from his monumental From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, which he completed at age 93. (Barzun died in 2012 at the ripe old age of 104!) Among his … Continue reading

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Feeding the Imagination of the Underprivileged

My work with Catholic schools has forced me to travel to an extent that I never imagined in my happily sedate teacher’s life.   I often compare today’s anonymous mode of travel, whether on land or through the air, with something … Continue reading

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On (Not) Preparing Younger Students for Logic

A friend who is teaching up-and-coming teachers about the liberal arts forwarded this question to me from one of his students: I’ve also been contemplating throughout class so far how to prepare younger students for logic, as it is likely … Continue reading

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Mathematics in Classical Education

Thomas Treloar of Hillsdale College gives a very helpful overview of the role of mathematics historically and in classical education.  I think more should be said about the difference in character between algebraically-based modern mathematics, which trains us to reason … Continue reading

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Giussani’s Risk of Education

I am reading The Risk of Education by Father Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation.  I am very impressed by the first chapter.  Guissani presents briefly but surely attitudes that are central to a proper approach to education, and … Continue reading

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Classical vs. Modern attitudes towards education

I gave this as the Commencement speech in June for the Lyceum Academy in Cleveland.  The theme is the difference between modern and classical attitudes, how Descartes’ modern attitude toward education contributed to the rise of the dictatorship of relativism:

 

 

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