Classical education does not permit students to be uninformed.

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It turns out that people have been thinking and talking and writing about what education is and should be for millennia. As the years roll on, some voices are lost and some theories disproved, but others continue to be read, studied, and applied in new ways. That is classical education. Classical education – in the homeschool or day school – is taking part in not only the conversation, but also the practice not simply of instruction in various branches of … Read More

The first, middle, and last thing

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Do you think Charlotte Mason ever read Plutarch’s other writings? She had her students study Plutarch’s Lives slowly and carefully over the course of years – perhaps she also respected his opinions on education? He did have some. The introductory comments to the entries by Plutarch in The Great Tradition summarize Plutarch’s opinion: “he presents poetry as preparatory to the study of philosophy.” Sounds like Charlotte Mason, doesn’t it? But he was a product of the classical era, part of … Read More