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Teaching Young Birds to Fly...

Where the old initiated, the new merely “conditions.” The old dealt with pupils as grown birds deal with young birds when they teach them to fly. — C. S. Lewis


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Teaching Is … an Art

Gilbert Highet wrote a book in 1950 called The Art of Teaching. Highet was a well-regarded teacher of classics at Columbia University (a colleague with Jacques Barzun) and he knew very well that the teaching profession was rapidly being transformed into a science by...

Yes, Small is Good

Yes, Small is Good

Most of us are seeking to educate in small settings—in our own homes, in community co-ops, in small classical schools. One might think we are doing so because we are in retreat, having left the big institutions (like the public schools) to do what we must do on our...

The Liberal Arts and the Fate of American Democracy

The Liberal Arts and the Fate of American Democracy

This article below is posted with grateful permission from Dr. Scott Samuelson and Rhodes Magazine in which the article appeared in November, 2014. The Atlantic Traditionally, the liberal arts have been the privilege of an upper class. There are three big reasons for...

Lincoln and Liberal Education

Lincoln and Liberal Education

We are delighted to present a blog post  by Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John' s College in Annapolis, and a national spokesperson for the liberal arts. St. John's College, with campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New...

The Common Core and the Classical Tradition

The Common Core and the Classical Tradition

When I first heard the Common Core discussed in a news report, I had a schizophrenic reaction. Being an ardent advocate for the classical tradition of education, I responded positively to its captivating name. Classical educators love and support the idea that there...

What the Liberal Arts Give Inside and Out

In the classical tradition, the study of the liberal arts enabled one to most fully realize one’s humanity—to become the best version of oneself. Put another way, the arts helped a man to live well, to craft a life worth living. Living such a “good life” was regularly...

Is Grammar Universal and Eternal?

                Many classical educators claim that when you learn the grammar of say, Latin, you are learning the grammar of all language.  Isn't this quite a stretch?  How can we be so sure that the eight parts of speech and...

Docendo Discimus—By Teaching We Learn

                Have you come across this phrase before? It has intrigued me for years. I like the alliterative quality, I like the hints of other words (doctrine from docendo; discipline from discimus).   By teaching we...

A Remarkable Review of Noah

You have likely heard that that movie Noah is controversial among many Christians--is it biblical or not?  Well, I have read many reviews of Noah, but this one has surpassed them all. is not your typical review site, and this review of Noah proves it. ...

Good Colleges for Classically-Educated Students

          From time to time I am asked what colleges I think make for a good fit for classically-educated students.  With my second child in college and my first already graduated, naturally I have thought about this a bit.  In my work with...

Recovering Leisure (Schole) in Education: Part I

Classical Academic Press (of which I am a part) has launched a new online academy called Schole Academy.  Naturally, some want to know what schole means, and sense it has something to do with school.  Well it does and it doesn't, it turns out.  Here is the first essay...

Education in Wonder and Curiosity

                Josef Pieper in his book Leisure The Basis of Culture says that education (philosophy and poetry for that matter) begins in wonder.  Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain in their new book, The Liberal Arts Tradition, also...

The Question–New Book by Leigh Bortins

The Question–New Book by Leigh Bortins

It is at this point that Leigh Bortins is helpful.  She very well knows the challenge facing thousands of homeschooling moms around the country who are educating their children classically.  She knows how to start at the beginning (a very good place to start) and keep...

Christopher Perrin, PhD, is the publisher with Classical Academic Press, and a national leader, author, and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He serves as a consultant to classical charter schools, classical Christian schools, schools converting to the classical model, and homeschool co-ops. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship, former co-chair of the Society for Classical Learning, and previously served as a classical school headmaster for ten years. Click here to learn more!

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The Liberal Arts Tradition

The Liberal Arts Tradition

Introduction to
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An Introduction to Classical Education

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Teaching from Rest

Latin for Children

An Introduction to Classical Education

Greek Alphabet Code Cracker

Greek Alphabet Code Cracker

School as Schole Part 1

The Eight Essential Principles of Classical Pedagogy

Why Study Latin? A Latin Response

James K. A. Smith: Worldview Education is Not Enough

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