All virtue is God’s virtue

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Of course this title is a play on the saying (often applied in similar discussions) that all truth is God’s truth. Therefore, we say, as Christians we can study truth no matter where we find it. In the same way, Basil the Great of Cappadocia (bishop, scholar, and teacher in the 4th century) says we can study and apply virtue wherever we find it. After all, he concurs with the ages before and after himself, the point of education is … Read More

Elementary Lessons: Our Mini Homeschool Co-op

I always thought I wasn’t a homeschool co-op sort of person. I’m an introvert. I have my own very strong opinions about what is and what isn’t a waste of time. And I hate being overscheduled or overcommitted. Moreover, I think kids should have plenty of free, unstructured play time – why not schedule play days instead of extracurricular school activities? However, it turns out I have a homeschool co-op. Kinda. It’s a mini co-op, and it provides accountability and … Read More

SC025: Classical Homeschooling in Our Home

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Season 4: Classical Education Basics I like to talk about education philosophy and principles much more than methods, though I do have a soft spot for practical tips. However, unless we are grounded in our principles, we will be tossed to and fro by all the practical tips out there. Over the last year, I’ve written about classical education principles and how they affect not only our curriculum and our teaching, but also how we as mothers live out our … Read More

In our education, let us plunder the Egyptians

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Returning to the great debate which is nothing new at all, but a significant part of the Great Conversation: What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem? No, Tertullian, who asked that famous question, is not featured in The Great Tradition, for the Great Tradition itself thoroughly answered his question to the satisfaction of those who moved education forward. If you’re interested in more of the historical backdrop as well as significance of the conversion of Greek philosophy into the medieval … Read More

What’s the difference between school & education?

I was intrigued with a tagline I saw online awhile ago: Don’t let school get in the way of your education. I sympathize. We make distinctions by saying we home educate rather than homeschool. We say “school-at-home” dismissively. Why do we do this? Is there a difference? What is the difference? Should we prefer the word educate? Should we eschew the word school? Let’s look at the words, their meanings, and their history while exploring what it is we’re trying … Read More

SC024: What is Education?

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Season 4: Classical Education Basics So, what is education? What is it this task that I have signed up for? I’ve been collecting quotes on the topic for several years; when viewed together they paint an inspiring yet daunting picture. Here’s one of the quotes I’ve found. EDUCATION – Noah Webster’s Dictionary The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct … Read More

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