"The liberal arts can equip a child for effective service in the world; catechesis can equip a child for everlasting life."
Gene Edward Veith
Classical Christian Education
Classical Education is training students in the seven liberal arts. The Trivium is the arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The Quadrivium is astronomy, geometry, arithmetic, and music. These seven arts are skills, modes of learning, cultivating the body and soul of students. Our students minds are forged to think critically about the created world.
The Seven Liberal Arts
The Trivium lays the foundation. Students learn the fundamentals of reading and writing, the rules of grammar and syntax. Latin is key in the Trivium for it increases English competency. Logic follows in which the core components of an argument are analyzed to get students thinking with discernment and sound judgment. Rhetoric is the art of persuasion naturally following the inherent progression in the Trivium. A student who can think, read, and write with eloquence and wisdom is fit for rhetorical studies. Skills are honed for public speaking and discourse.
Why Teach Latin?
"Every lesson in Latin is a lesson in grammar and logic. These skills are essential to the fast pace of our technological and ever-changing society and cultivate agile and creative minds."
Whereas the Trivium focuses on letters, the Quadrivium concentrates on numbers. The abstract and absolute thinking of arithmetic, numbers correlating to shapes in geometry, music, and the numerical analyses in astronomy enhance the classical mind to engage the order and patterns of God’s created world.
Why Classical Education?
The failing of progressive education over the last century is undeniable. Standardized tests, lowering standards, more money, technology, new fads and gimmicks, and lax academic requirements have produced struggling students and frustrated parents.
Classical education doesn’t take short cuts to learning. It’s not about pumping more and more information into the brain. Taking a wide assortment of disconnected classes and memorizing random bits of information without any coherent, bigger picture of the world is a mainstay of public schools. How often have students crammed for the test only to forget what they learned?
Far better it is to form students into serious thinkers, to produce citizens who are not only wise but virtuous before God and man.
The Christian-classical education forms the body and soul, the mind and the spirit to contemplate the deeper meanings of the world and our existence before God and the neighbor. The classical student, then, isn’t sheltered from the world but prepared to engage it. They are ready to think about things critically, make sound judgements, dissect arguments, and produce meaningful discourse on an array of topics.
The Classical Student will be prepared for any number of vocations because of an education that forms and nourishes the whole person to live a virtuous, wise life in Christ while serving the neighbor.
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