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What is Classical Education?

In one of the best articles on classical education you can find on the internet, Michael Jordan, professor of English at Hillsdale College discusses the two competing models of education, the older, classical model, and the newer, utilitarian model and argues that the modern effort to replace the former by Read more…

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Can Virtue Be Taught?

Along with wisdom, the inculcation of virtue is the primary goal of a classical Christian education. But is virtue something you can teach? Barton Gingerich at the Acton Institute tells us how Russell Kirk, one of the great Christian political and social thinkers of the twentieth century, answers that question. Read more…

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A distinguished scholar of global digital learning has hard words for opponents of traditional math

We’ve all heard the rhetoric: “Boring” drill and practice and “rote” memorization are the constant scapegoats for education failure among America’s public educators. The tired school rhetoric running down such traditional practices gives one the impression that schools across the country are numbing the minds of students through antiquated “drill Read more…

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The Before Exercises

From the Late Summer edition of The Classical Teacher: The progymnasmata, a Greek word that translates as “the before exercises,” encompassed the pre-rhetoric study of all the educated West from ancient Greece to Paul, from Quintilian, Aphthonius, Augustine, and Aquinas up until Lewis and Tolkien. Because our Christian philosophy and expression are so steeped in this tradition, it might Read more…