Exploring the Core of Classical Education


New to classical education? Or interested in learning more? Follow along as Jennifer Courtney from Classical Conversations Writers Circle shares with us the core of classical education. You can see her other posts herehere, and here.


Why do we need classical education? What makes it different from modern education?
1. Classical education teaches children how to think.
2. Classical education provides children with caring mentors.
3. Classical education prepares children to work to their true potential.
4. Classical education trains up leaders who participate in the great conversations of history.
Classical Education Teaches Children How to Think
In the digital age, our children are inundated with images and ideas. Now, more than ever, it is important to teach them critical thinking skills. A classical education focuses on teaching children study skills instead of subjects.  These skills, along with the principles of logic, enable them to be lifelong learners and clear thinkers.
Classical Education Provides Children with Caring Mentors
At the heart of a classical education is the relationship with parents, tutors, and other mentors who transmit their knowledge and their wisdom.  A modern education which employs computers and worksheets does not build a relationship. When we commit to wrestling with a math problem, puzzling over a Latin paradigm, or applying a literary work to contemporary issues, we communicate love and respect for the children while transmitting the wisdom of our experiences.
Classical Education Prepares Children to Work to Their Potential
It has been said that teachers overestimate students’ experience and underestimate their abilities. Our modern standards in literacy and numeracy fall far short of the expectations of previous generations. (For literacy statistics, please see The Core Chapter 1.)  In contrast, a classical education is rigorous and thorough.
Classical Education Trains Leaders Who Participate in the Great Conversations of History
Understanding classical languages and history allows our children to understand our culture. Our current ideas did not drop out of the sky. Instead, they have deep roots in history and philosophy, in man’s previous actions, theories, and discoveries.  Discussing literature, debating philosophy, analyzing history, and repeating science experiments allow students to join in this ongoing conversation of humankind, preparing them to make their own discoveries, redeem the culture, and serve as ministers of the Gospel in any vocation.
Relish your calling and savor the journey!

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