"...I will be recommending an educational reform of some scope and consequence—though not as comprehensive as Dorothy Sayers’ suggestion in “The Lost Tools of Learning” that the trivium govern primary education altogether—and, like saints, I should be judged guilty until proven innocent, and my reform presumed to be (at best) redundant and (at worst) full of fault. That reform is simple to articulate: the study of English in the first-year composition course required of almost every student in college should be informed by the trivium’s liberal arts of language—grammar, logic, and rhetoric."
by George Stanciu
"I suspected that all my former colleagues in their youth were shaken and transformed by an experience of some profound beauty. I know I was. In the tenth grade, I was changed forever by Euclid’s proof that the prime numbers are infinite, an exquisite proof that surprisingly showed in six lines of text an eternal truth....Suddenly, mathematics presented me with one thing that was unchanging, a timeless truth, demonstrated in an exceedingly beautiful way; the 2,500 years between Euclid and me were of no consequence."
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I was in Oklahoma City last fall, sitting in a restaurant with my host, Father Nathan Carr, an Anglican priest and the principal of The Academy of Classical Christian Studies. That is a new and most heartening educational initiative—a school now comprising three campuses in and near the city. The Academy is the result of a merger of two schools founded in 2004 by Christian parents who wanted their children to be immersed in the cultural heritage of the west. They knew that the state’s schools would not serve.
Anthony Esolen draws lessons from Sacred Heart School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the schools we serve:
So then, three years ago, the priests and people of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish faced a decision. The school’s enrollment had dwindled to 65. It was learn or die. And that was when Father Sirico and the school’s teachers turned to the beauty and wisdom of the past. They turned to what still gives life.
Important warnings, graciously expressed:
The national trend towards reducing the number works of imaginative literature in schools will have devastating consequences. Bishop Conley gives some great suggestions for reversing that trend:
“Good literature forms a worldview: It offers us insight into our families, our communities and ourselves. Great literature offers us insight into our relationship with God and the world.”
Timely work from Dr. Jamie Arthur of the Cardinal Newman Society:
Dr. Arthur’s new study explodes that myth. Her extensive review of a century of Vatican and U.S. bishop teachings on Catholic education finds that Archbishop Cordileone and bishops who are implementing high standards for teachers are simply doing what the Vatican has repeatedly endorsed. Instead, it is the sometimes lax teacher standards of the last few decades that may have been contrary to Vatican expectations.