When it comes to moral education, the newest thing isn’t necessarily the best

Shane Saxon, with some insights on how to teach virtue in a world that makes it hard to teach: In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis summarizes the heart of classical education: “Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind and degree of love which is appropriate to it. Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what Read more…

The Ancient Art of Memorization

Sean Braswell writes about the ancient art of memorization: In an age of smartphones, search engines and external memory aids, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t long ago that a good memory was essential to being an educated person. And, in many ways, our brains are built to be used in this way, even if we often opt not to do so today. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed in two types of memory: Read more…

If the electricity went out, would you still be able to have school?

On Tuesday of this week, the power went out at Memoria Press and at Highlands Latin School, where the press offices are located. Through the amazing ingenuity of several people, including Paul Schaeffer, we got by on partial power. The school classrooms at HLS. however, were completely without power, yet school went on. Teachers and students were able to do virtually everything they would normally be able to do. It helped that our classrooms are Read more…

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 the latter is a mistake. Generally speaking, there are two major philosophies of education: an older model which addresses moral and spiritual concerns of the Read more…

What Silicon Valley Leaders Think About Kids Using Computers

By now it is common knowledge that many of the leaders of the companies that develop and market computers and smartphones are hesitant to let their own children use the very devices their companies make and sell. It is a cautionary attitude that many school leaders would benefit from knowing. For years the high priests of high tech and those in the pantheon of personal computer development have limited the use of technology among their Read more…

Can Shakespeare Save Civilization?

One of the authors essential to classical education is William Shakespeare. He is, in one sense, a bridge from our modern world to the world of the ancients and medievals. To read his plays is to get the sense that he has one foot in the old world and one foot in the new. His themes are never timebound and have spoken to people in every age. We in the classical education movement are among Read more…

Latin Instructor in Fort Collins, CO

Seeking a full-time Latin instructor for immediate hire at Liberty Common School in Fort Collins, Colorado—a Poudre School District charter school dedicated to Core Knowledge principles and college-preparatory instruction. The school currently enrolls over 1,100 students in grades K–12. Liberty Common School offers a unique educational program with an expanded Latin curriculum. The school provides excellence and fairness in education by teaching 1) a contextual body of organized knowledge, 2) the skills of learning, and Read more…

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. “Can virtuous citizens be formed by tutoring and other rational forms of education?” he asks. Kirk’s answer? Moral virtue grows out of habit (ethos); it Read more…

More Bad News About Screen Time for Kids

Another study gives a disturbing picture of the consequences of screen time for young people. In an observational study, funded by the National Institutes for Health and published in the Lancet, researchers focused on 4,500 children between the ages of 8 and 11 and found that kids who spent more than two hours a day in front of screens “were linked to poorer cognition.” Using data collected over a ten-year period by the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, Read more…