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  • The Benefits of a Classical Education

    07/25/2013 4:28:35 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 July 2013 | Fr. James Thornton
    While a "progressive" education highlights perceived societal flaws and teaches what to think, a classical education emphasizes cultural bulwarks and teaches how to think. The Benefits of a Classical Education The New American 25 July 2013 Since the end of the Second World War, and especially since the mid-1960s, America has been deluged with seemingly endless stories of the failure of its educational system. Testing reveals that there exists a significant percentage of high-school graduates who cannot identify the Pacific Ocean on an unlabeled map of the world, who do not know that Abraham Lincoln served as president of...
  • A Classical Education: Back to the Future

    06/08/2010 7:44:05 AM PDT · by SwotSonOfSitetest · 38 replies · 78+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 7, 2010 | Stanley Fish
    I wore my high school ring for more than 40 years. --SNIP-- I wore the ring (and will wear it again) because although I have degrees from two Ivy league schools and have taught at U.C. Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Duke, Classical High School (in Providence, RI) is the best and most demanding educational institution I have ever been associated with. The name tells the story. When I attended, offerings and requirements included four years of Latin, three years of French, two years of German, physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, English, history, civics, in addition to extra-curricular...
  • The Classics in the Slums (The Value of Literature)

    12/23/2004 11:44:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 1,242+ views
    City Journal ^ | Jonathan Rose
    In 1988, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, president of the Modern Language Association, authoritatively stated (as something too obvious to require any evidence) that classic literature was always irrelevant to underprivileged people who were not classically educated. It was, she asserted, an undeniable "fact that Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare do not figure significantly in the personal economies of these people, do not perform individual or social functions that gratify their interests, do not have value for them." One should not be too hard on Professor Smith. She was merely echoing what was, at the time, standard academic opinion: that the Western classics...
  • School defends slavery booklet (Critic says text is 'window dressing')

    12/12/2004 12:21:53 PM PST · by mac_truck · 277 replies · 5,726+ views
    News Observer ^ | Dec 9, 2004 | T. KEUNG HUI
    Students at one of the area's largest Christian schools are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures." Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think. Principal Larry Stephenson said the school is only exposing students to different ideas, such as how the South justified slavery. He said the booklet is used because...
  • Classic rebuke of failure - Bless Me. I am Translated!

    09/02/2003 5:12:35 PM PDT · by steplock · 2 replies · 209+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Stephanie K. Taylor
    <p>When children at Marva Collins School misbehave, punishment does not consist of writing sentences on the chalkboard. Instead they find themselves receiving Shakespeare: "Today I will not be what I was" from "Henry IV."</p> <p>When students at the school in Milwaukee receive a test score, they are expected to cite "A Midsummer's Night Dream," exclaiming, "Bless me. I am translated."</p>
  • THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE TRUE(a Charter School’s First Graduating Class)

    06/09/2003 7:10:36 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 3 replies · 167+ views
    AshbrookCenter ^ | June 2003 | Terrence Moore
    A Tocquevillian Perspective on a Charter School’s First Graduating Class One thing we have learned over the last two years at this school is that if you challenge students with meaningful assignments, they will meet and exceed your expectations. Indeed, we adults have often come to realize that these young people are better—more educated, more polished, perhaps even more humane—than we were at that age. The purpose of a classical education, for instance, has always been to make good orators. You have seen that Miss Wilson and Mr. van Maren have indeed become orators—to the extent that they leave their...