At The Ozark Latinist you will find a discussion of the five characteristics of a “rubber-sole” classical school (as opposed to a “leather-sole” classical school). It’s pretty spot on. And it cites us. So it must be good!
An old-fashioned pair of dress shoes generally has leather uppers and leather soles. On hard surfaces, they click rhythmically with the walker’s pace; you can click their heels together like Dorothy. But leather soles have some disadvantages, so very often nowadays you’ll see dress shoes that have leather uppers but soft, rubber soles. They look the part but they haven’t got the click.
Similarly, some classical schools are more interested in having leather uppers than in being classical all the way to the soles. How can you tell if a school has the click? How can you spot a rubber-soled classical school?
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