Posts and comments to The Busy Catholic have to be marked by Christian charity and respect for the truth. Most just lately, I’ve been working through Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America by Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and Andrew Kern, CiRCE Institute I would describe the ebook as a method to understanding what a classical training is. It begins with the historical past of the place education in America went incorrect, then describes the elements of a classical schooling, followed by explaining differing types or philosophies of thought concerning classical education.

Rules of phonics and spelling, guidelines of grammar, poems, the vocabulary of overseas languages, the stories of historical past and literature, descriptions of crops and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics — the listing goes on. Grammar teaches scholars how you can learn and how one can perceive what they are reading, and it teaches the foundations for writing intelligibly, in keeping with the principles of a particular language.

Believing that historical classical schooling couldn’t serve its true purpose until integrated with Christian educating and writing, Charlemagne also required examine of the Old and New Testaments, the writings of the early Church fathers, liturgical books, biographies of the saints, and canon law along with the traditional Greek and Roman texts.

Dr. Kenneth Calvert, a graduate of Wheaton College and Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College and Headmaster of The Hillsdale Academy, a K-12 non-public classical college, in Hillsdale, MI. Dr. Calvert has served as the Headmaster of The Hillsdale Academy for twelve years and has suggested and supported dozens of classical schools.

That the Protestant Reformers, far from opposing the good classical thinkers of Greece and Rome, had been almost without exception classically trained themselves, close and principally enthusiastic readers of the good works of the classical writers, largely proponents of classical training, and, in a number of instances, classical educators themselves.

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