Leigh, classical education is based on the trivium. Can you define that for our listeners?
Yes, I can. I like to start them off with Proverbs 24:34 which says, “Through wisdom is a house built; by understanding it is established; by knowledge shall the chambers be filled.” The trivium is what defines a classical education: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. And biblically that would be knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. So on an academic levellet’s pick on historygrammar would be who did what, where, and when. Why would be the dialectic or understanding level, and then being able to explain it to other people and write essays and speeches and be a politician and relate it back to history would be the wisdom or the rhetoric level of classical education. Another example of a trivium in a classical education islet’s pick on arithmetic or math. Arithmetic would be the grammar of mathematics, algebra would be the processing or the dialectic stage of mathematics, and the rhetorical stage would be applying it (like in the field of physics or chemistry, trigonometrythe varied uses of math). So the classical model works for all fields of education.
Leigh, thanks so much for that good introduction to classical education. Tomorrow we’re going to discuss how parents can overcome the challenges of teaching this approach. I’m Mike Farris.