How would you best define classical education?
Education that cultivates a love of truth, goodness, and beauty by means of the liberal arts and great books, characterized by rigor, warmth, and delight, and involving vibrant interactions of teachers, students, parents, friends, and many others.
How does the definition of curriculum as a course change your thinking about curriculum?
The tools we use matter not so much as the goals. There are a variety of curricula (workbooks, guides, etc.) that we can utilize to teach the curricula (the liberal arts) to cultivate a love of truth, beauty, and goodness.
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?
Having been a part of a "classical community" in the past, I am most familiar with the pedagogical and communal definitions, as those were the ones introduced and stressed as part of the group. The intellectual and psychological definitions give more of the "why" behind classical education, not just the "what". The curricular definition explains why the "what" isn't as important as the "why".
It's been eye-opening to me to hear and see these various definitions and how they come together to form a complete whole. In the past I think I've tried to stare at one piece of the puzzle and make it into a whole picture, becoming frustrated with myself for not seeing it as everyone else seemed to. Now I understand that as I learn and grow I'm able to add a new piece, and be more gentle with myself as I tackle this puzzle, allowing myself to look at the big picture and back again at my new piece, figuring out where it goes.