The Case for Classical Christian Education

The Case for Classical Christian Education

by Douglas Wilson

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The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433516467
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 11/12/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of numerous books. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He blogs regularly at

Table of Contents

Another Brick in the Wall
1A Mess That Just Won't Quit15
2The Rise and Fall of Secular Education in America31
3Healing the Wound Lightly37
4The Nature of Man45
5The Case Against Government Schools53
6The Centrality of Worship63
7What Is Education?67
8Democracy and Egalitarianism73
Ten Years After
9What Is Classical Education?81
10Logos School, ACCS, and New St. Andrews87
11The Christian Heart and Mind95
12The PEERS Problem101
13The Paideia of God107
The Classical Christian Answer
14The Seven Liberal Arts117
15The Trivium131
16A Case for Latin139
17What Classical Is Not145
18Educating the Imagination153
19Classical Athletics163
Life in the Christian School
20Personal Holiness171
22School Clothes185
23The Seven Laws of Teaching191
24Alternatives to School195
25The Threat of State Entanglement201
A Proposed Curriculum
26Turning It Around: A Thought Experiment207
27Canonical Books213
The Dawn of Everlasting Results
28And Unto Children's Children223
29A Pedagogic Creed229
30A Call for Teachers233
Scripture Index254

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