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The Case for Classical Christian Education

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Newspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children, ineffective teachers, and cash-strapped school districts. In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Douglas Wilson proposes an alternative to government-operated school by advocating a return to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and learning geared to child development stages.

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Overview

Newspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children, ineffective teachers, and cash-strapped school districts. In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Douglas Wilson proposes an alternative to government-operated school by advocating a return to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and learning geared to child development stages.

As an educator, Wilson is well-equipped to diagnose the cause of America's deteriorating school system and to propose remedies for those committed to their children's best interests in education. He maintains that education is essentially religious because it deals with the basic questions about life that require spiritual answers-reading and writing are simply the tools. Offering a review of classical education and the history of this movement, Wilson also reflects on his own involvement in the process of creating educational institutions that embrace that style of learning. He details elements needed in a useful curriculum, including a list of literary classics. Readers will see that classical education offers the best opportunity for academic achievement, character growth, and spiritual education, and that such quality cannot be duplicated in a religiously-neutral environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581343847
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/10/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Wilson, a popular speaker and author, helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho. A fellow of Philosophy and Classical Languages at New St. Andrews College, he has an M.A. in philosophy and a B. A. in classical studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Preface 11
Another Brick in the Wall
1 A Mess That Just Won't Quit 15
2 The Rise and Fall of Secular Education in America 31
3 Healing the Wound Lightly 37
4 The Nature of Man 45
5 The Case Against Government Schools 53
6 The Centrality of Worship 63
7 What Is Education? 67
8 Democracy and Egalitarianism 73
Ten Years After
9 What Is Classical Education? 81
10 Logos School, ACCS, and New St. Andrews 87
Antithesis
11 The Christian Heart and Mind 95
12 The PEERS Problem 101
13 The Paideia of God 107
The Classical Christian Answer
14 The Seven Liberal Arts 117
15 The Trivium 131
16 A Case for Latin 139
17 What Classical Is Not 145
18 Educating the Imagination 153
19 Classical Athletics 163
Life in the Christian School
20 Personal Holiness 171
21 Boardsmanship 179
22 School Clothes 185
23 The Seven Laws of Teaching 191
24 Alternatives to School 195
25 The Threat of State Entanglement 201
A Proposed Curriculum
26 Turning It Around: A Thought Experiment 207
27 Canonical Books 213
The Dawn of Everlasting Results
28 And Unto Children's Children 223
29 A Pedagogic Creed 229
30 A Call for Teachers 233
Notes 237
Index 249
Scripture Index 254
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