1. How would you best define classical education? Share and discuss your definition with others in a small group or on the forum.
- A return to, and restoration of, the educational model and methods of teaching set in motion during the classical period of a lifelong learner equipping students with the tools to become lifelong learners themselves, modeling and instilling in them a love for God, truth, goodness, and beauty, upholding the authority of Scripture for wisdom and knowing and imitating God, and shepherding them as the beloved, redeemed, image-bearers of God in our world.
- Additionally, the teacher must first set apart Christ as Lord in their heart, love God and love others, hold to the authority of Scripture, and be a lifelong learner in order that they might honestly, passionately, and joyfully transmit truth, knowledge, wisdom, virtue, and eloquence as they shepherd those entrusted to them.
2. How does the definition of curriculum as a course change your thinking about curriculum?
- The definition of curriculum as a course makes me think of curriculum as a long-term, continuous, fluid action marked by specific studies, experiences, and teachers (parents, educators, pastors, mentors, etc.) throughout one’s education and life which develop the character of a person.
3. Classical education can be defined as parts that come together as a whole. Of the curricular, pedagogical, psychological, communal, and linguistic definitions, with which definition are you most familiar and why? How do the other parts expand your view of the tradition of classical education?
- As I have been in Classical Education for three years, my view of the curricular definitions is intertwined. I see the value of looking at each one separately as well as how they are inseparable, like the Trinity as Dr. Perrin noted in the lecture. Similarly, in the day to day of teaching classically, we teach individual subjects in a way that is intertwined with the whole body of subjects. We need the psychological to know the student, the pedagogical for knowing how to teach the student, the linguistic for knowing the origins of what we are teaching, and the communal because we were created for life in community with God and one another and therefore all facets of life should include enjoying and glorifying God in community. The teacher is the curriculum.