In this course, Dr. Christopher Perrin helps educators to more deeply understand and apply the tradition of contemplation and restful learning encompassed by the word scholé. Most Americans have inherited an approach to education that is filled with ceaseless activity and a great deal of anxiety. In this course Dr. Perrin recovers an older, classical approach to education that was more restful and contemplative, emphasizing deep, lasting learning. This training has been in high demand in Dr. Perrin’s consulting and training work at classical schools around the U.S.
This course begins with an overview of the concept of scholé—a word that means “contemplation,” “reflection,” “leisure,” or “restful learning.” The course also features some discussion, in particular an online conversation with Sarah Mackenzie, author of Teaching from Rest.
Dr. 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 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.
Please Note: ClassicalU is currently developing a certification to accompany our course offerings. The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.
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. 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.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.
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