- What is classical education—how do we define it?
- How should we talk about classical education? What words are fitting?
- To what may we compare it? What images and analogies help us best understand classical education?
- How do we classify it? What are the main elements of classical education?
- What are the liberal arts and why are they called “liberal” and “arts”?
- What is the history of classical education, and how does it compare with modern, progressive education?
- Who are some of the great minds and writers that have influenced the development of classical education?
- Why is a robust community so important for the development of a classical school or homeschool?
- What are some of the various “flavors” of classical education that have existed in the past and that exist today?
- How do we practice and implement classical education in our homes and schools today? What are the main pedagogical principles that inform how classical educators teach?
- How do we deepen our understanding of classical education? What are some of the important books I should read to learn more about classical education?
This course is an extension of Dr. Perrin’s pithy book An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents—more than 100,000 copies have been sold or downloaded! Purchase a hard copy here or download the PDF for free.
- Course Introduction
- Lesson 1: A Clear Definition of Classical Education
- Lesson 2: Clear Words for Classical Education
- Lesson 3: To What Shall I Compare Classical Education?
- Lesson 4: Various Models of Classical Education
- Lesson 5: The Major Elements of Classical Education
- Lesson 6: Tracing the History of Classical Education
- Lesson 7: Why Classical Education?
- Lesson 8: Communal Education (Paideia)
- Lesson 9: Implementing Classical Education
- Lesson 10: The Developing Models of Classical Education
- Lesson 11: Deepening our Understanding of Classical Education
- Lesson 12: How to Read Well (Dr. Perrin’s Top 55 Books on Classical Education)
Christopher received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA, for ten years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and the co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation in the course, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload two short essays (of 600 – 650 words) demonstrating your understanding this course. When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.
For this course, the the essay assignments are:
In 600 to 750 words, define and describe classical education.
In 600 to 750 words, define and describe progressive education.
Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.