Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education


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Public education is in crisis. At the heart of the problem is the idea that education can exist in a moral vacuum. Describes the melee in public education and calls for a return to classical teaching methods.

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ISBN-13: 9780891075837
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 04/01/1991
Series: Turning Point Christian Worldview Series , #12
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,216,140
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.55(d)

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

Marvin Olasky (PhD, University of Michigan) is the editor in chief of World magazine, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and senior fellow of the Acton Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a Boston Globe reporter, and a Du Pont Company speechwriter. He is the author of twenty books and more than 3,500 articles. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.

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Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nlaurent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book gets one star for it's explanation of the Trivium. But I cannot recommend this book. It's based on several illogical premises that seem based purely on faith and personal preferences. I am concerned for the children who attend this school he describes, and was flabbergasted with his description of children as inherently evil. I am afraid Douglas Wilson has not moved out of the Middle Ages in many of his belief systems, and this is ufortunate becuse classical education can do wonderful things for people of all religions and all backgrounds. And nobody need be identified as lacking good character or going to hell in the process. It would be lovely to modify this book and to write about Classical Education from it's original roots in Hedonism and some would say the Humanis roots of Unitarian Universalism. See Climbing Parnassus for an understanding of where the Trivium came from originally before the Catholic church stole the philosophy and logic of the Greeks in order to use it to convince people through rhetoric of the value of faith based religions.
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Douglas Wilson's book, 'Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning,' takes a hard look at what has caused our failing educational system and provides remedies that have proven workable and successful. He offers a a step by step response to the educational break down, by discussing the nature of the curriculum and the efforts of Logos School to follow the pattern set down by Dorothy Sayers in her essay, 'The Lost Tools of Learning.' This is a must read for any teacher who is concerned about the dumbing down of education and the decline of a thinking public.