Of Stories & Cities
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And we’re back with more from The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being! Chrysostom was an early church father nicknamed “Golden Mouthed” for his eloquence. He received a Greek liberal arts education from a pagan, then went on to study theology under a respected teacher. He taught the Bible with a plain understanding instead of interpreting with elaborate allegories, which was the common at that time. He spent two years of his … Read More

Early Childhood Education in Early Christianity
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And we’re back with more from The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being! Arranged chronologically, the book is a source of what true education has been known to be – and ideas for how to impart it – since Ancient Greeks started philosophizing about it. True education, noble and worthy training of the heart and mind, has been known by various names throughout the ages: liberal, humanist, classical. However, the aim has … Read More

A liberal education starts at home
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Tacitus is the next selection in our slow plod through The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being. He was a first-century Roman and historian, who desperately wanted Rome to return to “the good old days.” Make Rome great again would have been his cry, but he was informed and eloquent. He was not one of the ones who would have had to give up power or position in order to return to … Read More

The tone of the teacher
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What synchronicity! As I was recording the Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own Series for season two of the (http://www.simplyconvivial.com/audio), the Quintillian section in The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being was admonitions to teachers. Guess what? People have known what’s important in teachers and the student-teacher relationship for a very long time. We should listen. The teacher’s talk & temper must be tranquil. So, Quintilian wants us to know it’s important … Read More

What would classical preschool look like?
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Quintilian, an education philosopher of the first century AD, has much to say about the bringing up of children. His education philosophy does not begin when they enter school, but when they first start forming their first words and their first thoughts. Today’s excerpt from The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being summarizes what Quintilian had to say about what we would call preschool and kindergarten, and it will probably rub you … Read More

Parents’ expectations matter.
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Quintilian might be my favorite author in this book so far. The Great Tradition: Classical Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being is a collection of the writings about education from Plato to the modern era, the writings that have informed the development of western civilization and classical education. As I read oh so slowly through this book, I’d love to get some discussion going about what it means to carry on this tradition of meaningful, … Read More

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