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Notes for Prospective Students
Four Myths about Classical Education
Myth #1: Classical education was fine back then, but we need modern
education in a modern world.
Fact: Classical education teaches
students facts, provides them with logical tools to use those
facts, and perfects the student’s ability to relate those
facts to others.
This fundamental skill-set is more valuable today
than it has ever been.
The process of teaching students to think
extends far beyond filling their heads with knowledge.
education, to varying degrees, has succeeded in teaching facts
necessary for state test performance and some skills.
education helps students draw original, creative, and accurate
conclusions from facts and then formulate those conclusions into
logical and persuasive arguments.
Parents who are exposed to
classical education recognize that its "back to the basics"
approach contrasts with the distractions of modern education.
the classical method applicable in a modern, technological age? The
technology we have today was invented, in large part, by the
Man inhabited the earth for thousands of
years without developing technology until the last two centuries.
It is no coincidence that the groundwork for these achievements was
laid within the last 400 years when classical education was at its
Classical education teaches children the timeless skills of
thinking, reasoning, logic, and expression.
Our subject matter is
as up-to-date as that found in other schools.
We simply add a depth
and dimension through this time-tested method.
Myth #2: My child is not intelligent enough to attend a classical
Fact: Many parents assume that a classical education is
only accessible to "gifted" children.
In fact, all children benefit
greatly from the classical method.
If you were educated in Western
society prior to 1850, you were classically educated.
start from a spark of reality.
Parents may observe the classroom
and curriculum of a classical school and assume the children are
In reality, classical education challenges
children and is uniquely able to leverage their natural abilities
during different stages of childhood.
In short, we help ordinary
children and deliver extraordinary results by employing proven
methods tested for centuries.
Myth #3: Classical education is too extreme.
education teaches children "with the grain" - complementing their
developmental phase with the appropriate teaching method.
classical method is different from today’s conventional
Parents are rightfully skeptical of anything that
differs so boldly from the norm.
However, classical education was
the norm 100 years ago because it worked.
has taken an experimental approach to educating our children over
the past four decades.
Many different methods have been tried and
later scrapped when they failed.
This constant state of change in
education creates an environment where anything "traditional" seems
Unfortunately, this is where modern educational thought is
Classical education provides a basic structure upon
which we can build effective, successful students.
We are not
advocating an experiment.
Rather, we are seeking a return to a
system proven for over 1,000 years.
Myth #4: Classical education is unnecessarily difficult or harsh.
Fact: Children enjoy learning.
a child will not be able to succeed in a challenging environment is
tempting, but simply untrue.
A common assumption is that a
demanding curriculum results in unhappy children.
learning new things can be uncomfortable.
However, most children
are fascinated by what they learn.
The excitement of children
learning Latin grows as they become able to describe the world in a
language that most adults do not understand.
The rich and complex
texture of classical literature is strangely amplified by youth.
Science and the history of Western Civilization come alive for
those who hunger to know about their world.
maintain order in the classroom.
This does not translate to stoic
classes where interaction is limited to an occasional, downcast
"yes sir." In fact, we encourage extensive interaction between
students and teachers.
Students are not allowed to be disruptive,
but they are constantly encouraged to offer observations, ask
questions, interact, and make comments.
The classical method
encourages and succeeds at creating a stimulating and enjoyable
learning environment for students.