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This lecture and reading was a great intro into the topic of schole. It is the kind of learning that is the fruit of freed time for exploring and discussing among good friends. Article 1: "comes from discussion, conversation and reflection among good friends." I would love to prudently make time for my students and children (we home school) to rest with tea, a good view, a spirit of peace, and just reflect on the Big Ideas. If we are about to do exegesis on Psalm 23 and examine the early Church's response to Psalm 23 in light of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, then some schole sessions would be a great way to begin and end the formal class time. I do not mean 5mn at the beginning of class and 5mn at the end and a 30mn lecture in between. I mean an entire session of restful learning. Our first meeting could discuss the Big Ideas of themes of Love, Protection, Community, and Guidance. This can be from our own experiences. Then we naturally, with the help of the master (the magister), examine these themes we discussed through the lens of a shepherd and flock relationship (with the help of imagination). Then allow for time to sit with the ideas. After an additional class or 2 for the exegetical and historical work on Psalm 23, we then could have another schole session to relax and ponder the "So what?" of everything. These are just my reflections from Lesson 1 (lecture and reading). I may find out later in the course that I am off or need to improve my understanding of the reality of schole. Great topic!
Our last two Scholé blogs, here and here, have focused on self-education. Summer is a time when many of us have a little more mental space and time for this pursuit. We'd love to hear your plans for your own pursuit of scholé this summer!
If you have only recently heard about Scholé Groups, you might have questions about what these groups are like. Well, they are flexible, so they tend to come in some different flavors, though they all emphasize a classical, Christian curriculum and a restful pedagogy (scholé). They are flexible in that each group can decide what published materials to use and also chose particular emphases. For example, some groups will emphasize teaching the fine arts and literature during their campus or community days; other groups might emphasize science; other groups may emphasize the study of Latin, logic, and rhetoric during their times meeting as a community. We invite those who are a part of a Scholé Group to share their particular flavors of scholé! For the record, I like to define scholé as undistracted time to study the things that are most worthwhile, usually with good friends, usually in a beautiful place. Ironically, scholé is the Greek root word for our English word--school. Christopher P