Introduction to Classical Education

with Dr. Christopher Perrin

The renewal of classical education has grown significantly over the last two decades. However, even seasoned classical educators agree that it can still be difficult to answer the fundamental question: “What is Classical Education?” In this foundational course, Dr. Christopher Perrin provides a clear definition of classical education and then explores key questions, including:

  • 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?ice book

 

This course is an extension of Dr. Perrin’s pithy book An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, which has sold more than 50,000 copies. 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)

Chris at 11-14 d 150Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant, and speaker who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He cofounded and serves full-time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher also serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He serves on the board of the Society for Classical Learning and as the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world.

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 ParentsThe Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and the co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.

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