Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning
In addition to rating three elements of this book, I also perceived a natural division in quality. The second half--focusing on classical learning in particular--was markedly better. Even the writing improved.
This book is as true in 2012 as it was in 1991. Its discernment is rarefied and balanced, and its emphasis on parental responsibility is a focus in its coherent ellipse of dual subjects. The writing was not succinct enough, and occasionally repetitive. But the ref ...more
This book is researched, highly readable, thorough and concise. If you want a book that deals with the crisis in education, the duty of parents to give their children distinctly Christian ed ...more
Very highly recommended!!
Great book to demonstrate a mix of great rhetoric and faulty logic.
I have not really read any other books on education so I can only compare this book to what I remember of the state education I received growing up in the UK and of the 'educated' people I have observed. In this book I've learned that there is a clear distinction between learning 'subjects', as most do in their schooling, utilitarian and shallow, and learning to think and learn for oneself, which is the true mark of an education. In that sense, ther ...more
Douglas Wilson writes as one of the co-founders of a rather successful Private Christian Classical School (I am not sure if that is the proper terminology, but hopefully you get the picture). He begins by discussing the failures of American Education and then moves on to discuss the reasons for a return to cla ...more
An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education
Part One - The Failure of Modern Secular Education
Wilson's analysis of the failures and possible reforms of the public education system is more than thorough. His explanation of the systemic problems should be convincing even to the most staunch defender of the public system that the game is up.
This portion has ample data to support the premise. This book being written in 1991, we now have...more
The author spends 90 pages building a strong case for a classical (3 staged) Christian Education. The author spends the first chapters, 70+ pages building the case that parents are accountable to god for their children’s education, and parents alone hold this responsibility before the Lord. Then he spends 2 meaty chapters discussing a truly Christian education rather than a “cleaned up public school with a couple of prays and a Bible ...more
At this point, there are a few things that are a bit dated--it would be nice if there were a newer version with an appendix of updated information. There were a few points he made where he seemed a bit stodgy, but overall he's right on the money.
Any thinking person who has gone through our public school system should be able to see its failings. Yes, there are schools that aren't ...more
All along the way Wi ...more
The title of the book comes from a Dorothy Sayers essay entitled "The Lost Tools of Learnin ...more
Doug Wilson contends that "All the instruction received by the children should be permeated with God's Word." He adds, "...we are ...more
Here is my introduction to a class review I wrote for this book.
After reading Douglas Wilson’s Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, I understand why the book has had such an impact in Christian education. Wilson d ...more