I’m making some progress in understanding classical education and supplanting the modes of traditional education in my mind. I can tell, because I’m *starting* to be able to converse with others about classical education without looking at my notes. : ) Good, right? I’m also beginning to form ideas of what this will look like for our family over the next year.
I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned from recently re-reading The Core by Classical Conversations Founder Leigh Bortins in a series of posts entitled “At Home with the Classical Method.” I’ll give the how-tos shared for approaching each subject classically. But, first let’s begin by talking about why classical.
Here are some things I like about classical education, as shared in The Core:
- Classical education seeks to “equip children to feel at home anywhere on their planet.” It gives the student a larger sense of and framework for the world. They are able to “discover the way our universe works.” The classical model helps the student “to think globally and with foresight.”
- Classical education allows the student the opportunity to partake in the larger conversations by exposing him to the “best of history while preparing him for the future” .
- Classical education trains and forms the mind through tough mental exercise. This hard work trains a student’s brain to hold information and to “think clearly about difficult issues.”
- Classical education strengthens one’s mind, body, and character in order to develop in them an ability to learn anything. Thereby, creating lifelong learners with a freedom to pursue any interest.
- Classical education teaches a child to learn from the best the world has to offer, which are true and beautiful reflections of the Creator.
Through my education on classical education, I’ve seen God providing for my family. God placed my family in Classical Conversations, a Christian, classical education community, long before we (truly) knew what it was or why we needed it. Isn’t He amazingly generous? Now that I know more about classical education, I can also appreciate more about CC.