stated, Classical Education is an educational tradition
that finds its roots in the origins of Western Civilization
and focuses its efforts on the education of the whole
person: mind and soul. It is not a new approach to
education, but instead a time tested approach that
has served to produce many great thinkers throughout
history, although they may not have identified their
educational experience by the terminology "Classical
of Classical Education recognizes the fact that God
has given every child special gifts and abilities
and desires to challenge the child to grow and develop
those specific God-given abilities to the fullest
measure. In contrast to modern philosophies of education
which are task oriented, the philosophy of Classical
Education seeks to train the student in the skills
of learning, thus preparing each student to continue
to learn on his own for the remainder of his life.
for Classical Education methodology is generally defined
by the Latin term Trivium, or "three
roads". It recognizes that there are three
stages of development for children and seeks to maximize
the child's education by structuring learning in a
manner that corresponds to their stage of development.
Those stages of development are commonly known as
the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages.
Grammar stage of development children are
filled with useful knowledge and trained in discipline.
This is an important foundation for more formal studies.
They blossom in their awareness of the world and they
begin to advance in knowledge and abstract thinking.
They are beginning to develop their reasoning and
Logic stage of development children should
be more analytical. Their minds should be trained
to correctly reason things out so they might logically
process information and come to logical conclusions.
Rhetoric stage of development children develop
more highly their skills of communication. They creatively
and effectively express what they have learned, in
both spoken and written forms. Classical Education
philosophy synthesizes with the developmental process
God has created in each child in order to allow those
children who apply themselves to reach their fullest
of learning builds upon another. Proper Classical
fundamentals are maintained in each stage and learned
skills are reviewed in each stage, so that as the
child develops they are able to progress according
to the abilities which God has given them.
to Classical Education at every stage of development
is the integration of subjects. Unlike those immersed
in modern task-oriented philosophies (teach the
test), Classical Educators recognize that in
order to be well trained in learning skills a student
must be able to see how each subject relates to another.
The student must continually integrate what they have
learned with what they are learning across the full
spectrum of subject matter in order to maximize the
opportunities they have to grow. This manner of approach
in education is all but lost in the modern philosophies
of the modern era.
importance to Classical Education at Grace is the
teaching of the Christian Faith. In these "so
called" post-modern times, our world has become
increasingly devoid of the Christian world view. Students
at Grace will learn all about how God and His grace
are foundational to His creation and operational in
this world. They will also learn how God and His grace
are inseparable from human history and that the central
event in human history is the saving work of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
is excited to be able to offer Classical Christian
Education to the families of our community. Please
feel free to contact us for more information or come
by and tour our facility.
a brief yet insightful essay on Classical Education
we recommend reading the following:
Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers.