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Lesson 2: Clear Words for Classical Education

In this session, Dr. Perrin argues for the recovery of meaningful vocabulary for talking and thinking about classical education and provides a glossary of more than 20 key terms.

Recommended Reading

Recommended ClassicalU Courses:

Outline of Session

Discussion Questions
  • What was the original aim of classical education?
  • What was the original meaning of the “liberal arts”?
  • How might you counter the claim of a critic that classical education is elitist?
  • How do you use published curriculum as the teacher rather than let the published curriculum be the teacher?
  • What must a human being have to truly be a student?
Introduction to Classical Education (PDF)

What Is Classical Christian Education? (PDF)

A Small Glossary of Educational Vocabulary (PDF)

2 Comments

  1. Caroline Cappuccio

    Discussion Questions
    1. What was the original aim of classical education?
    The full enculturation of children with a full cycle of studies throughout their education and raising them to be fully prepared citizens. This was the responsibility of whole society.
    2. What was the original meaning of the “liberal arts”?
    The cultivation of man to be prepared in the ability to communicate using words (grammar, logic, rhetoric) and equipped to master language, numbers, and art (geometry, music, arithmetic, and astronomy).
    3. How might you counter the claim of a critic that classical education is elitist?
    Wisdom, especially in our culture today, is intimidating. When Saul saw that David was successful, skillful, and wise he was afraid of him. To those who are not pursuing wisdom, virtue, truth, goodness, beauty, and ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ themselves, these themes in classical education will at the surface seem “elitist” from an uninformed, uninvolved perspective. I might counter the claim by telling the critic that classical education is not elitist in a prideful sense, but rather in a humble sense of modeling and cultivating a life-long love of learning which naturally produces well-rounded, wise, knowledgeable citizens of the world.
    4. How do you use published curriculum as the teacher rather than let the published curriculum be the teacher?
    The published curriculum are the tools that we use as we teach the curriculum.
    5. What must a human being have to truly be a student?
    To truly be a student, one must be zealous for knowledge and eager for truth, goodness, and beauty. The zeal of the student will produce diligence in their pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and virtue throughout the course of their education and their lifelong journey of learning and growing into the fullest version of their self as an image-bearer of God, redeemed and continuously being transformed by Jesus Christ as they glorify and enjoy God in all their pursuits.

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    • jhake

      Thank you for sharing your responses with others viewing this lesson. What a great way to contribute to this experience for others.

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