About Classical Education
Classical Education returns to the time-honored educational theory of the past. The classical method was the only educational theory in pratice in Western Civilization for over two millenia.
“Though this system [classical education] did not receive the distinct development connoted by its name until the Middle Ages, still it extends in the history of pedagogy both backwards and forwards; for while, on the one hand, we meet with it among the classical nations, the Greeks and Romans, and even discover analogous forms as forerunners in the educational system of the ancient Orientals, its influence, on the other hand, has lasted far beyond the Middle Ages, up to the present time.”
Beginning in Classical Greece
and Rome, and continuing through the Puritan and Colonial eras of our
nation, children that were fortunate enough to receive an education
received a classical one. Classical Education produced Archimedes, St.
Paul, St. Patrick and Columba, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Sir
Isaac Newton, Christopher Columbus, Shakespeare, and our own great
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. (Please visit Classical America to gain an idea of the influence of the classical model on our founding fathers and the development of American education.)
These giants of their times are only the tip of the iceberg of the great philosophers, scientists, theologians, writers and artists that lived and worked through the 18th century. They lived up to their potential, and each in their own way impacted the course of human history, because their potential was unlocked in part by Classical Education, which prepared them to grapple with the problems of their day.