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Classical Education and the Homeschool

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As we survey the educational ruins around us, classical and Christian education appears to be an idea whose time has come again. More and more Christian parents are seeing the failures of modern education, and they are hungering for a substantive alternative, one that has been tested before and found to be good. Classical and Christian education presents them with just suc ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Canon Press (first published May 17th 1996)
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Stacy
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book after 5 years of classically homeschooling and 20 years of homeschooling. I did not need to be convinced of much of the material for the reason to classical homeschool my children still remaining at home. I really thought this book would be a simple review of all that I understand of a classical education. I was very pleased to enjoy the book and be inspired that it is my role as parent who acknowledges my own education was lacking and that I want more for my children in th ...more
Mystie Winckler
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, 2009
Fourth or fifth read. Own. This takes only an hour or two to read, and it's a good brief introduction or reminder read. The first two times I read it I was totally overwhelmed and glad we were trying to start a school. After the school plans failed, and I realized how much overwhelming work a school would be too, I came back to it and it didn't seem so daunting. I appreciated the emphasis that classical education doesn't come in a ready-made or one-size-fits-all box from UPS and that imagination ...more
Gary
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ariel and I read this together in small chunks. I have read before, but the review is updated since completion.

Takes the work done by Wilson and others on the need for Christian classical education and shows how it might best be achieved in a home-education setting.

Liked it a lot.

Favorite part: the elegant section on the power of words and language.
Sarah
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a short, pithy introduction to classically educating your child at home. The logic section simultaneously dazzled me and made my head swim. It makes me want to re-pursue Latin and learn logic. There is a recommended reading list at the back which is fairly challenging. Perhpas it is time to take my Plutarch books from college off the shelf and actually read them.

I am also reading Climbing Parnassus, and this was a helpful accompaniment to that.
Morgana Mendonça
O que dizer da minha segunda leitura do ano? Ah, meus amigos, que livro! Fisicamente um livreto, “ontologicamente” um gigante narniano. Esse ano me dedicarei a temática EDUCAÇÃO e LINGUAGEM. Recomendo como introdução ao tema esse belíssimo livro da editora @editoramonergismo, que inclusive tem sido um paraíso literário para essa leitora em construção. Foram dez livros lidos em 2017 dessa editora e já temos uns tantos para 2018. Vamos continuar!!!
Samantha
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
End quote hits home- "The education of the children for God is the most important business done on earth. it is the one business for which all the earth exists. To it all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated: and every parent especially ought to feel, every hour of the day, that next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God-this is his task on earth." -R.L. Dabney
Shaina Herrmann
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm confused by the title. There is very little mention of homeschool in this book. There was quite a bit great about CE, which was a lot of repeat info for me. So I didn't really gain much from reading this but for someone new to CE it is a good intro.
amanda gardiner
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great little primer. I need ALOT more information then this, but this covered a lot of topics in a tiny book. The appendixes are very helpful and the chapter on logic was my favourite.
Adam Calvert
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
Very short (<70 pages including the appendices), but a great primer for Christian parents who want to homeschool their children classically.

Each chapter is insightful and helpful regarding a Biblical outlook of education and the advantages of a classical education. It calls for high standards for both the students and the parents, but rightfully so. Included at the end is a helpful "Getting Started" reading list for parents as well as resources on where to go to find more information and reso
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Felipe
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monergismo
Excelente introdução ao assunto.
Daniel da Silva
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neste livreto, os autores apresentam a importância de os pais, especificamente cristãos, assumirem a responsabilidade pela educação de seus filhos. E uma alternativa à educação moderna, face ao fracasso evidente, é a educação clássica e cristã, sendo que "um dos propósitos primários da educação clássica consiste em preparar os estudantes para aprenderem por conta própria" (p. 7-8). Para aqueles que pretendem assumir tal vocação, não terceirizando a educação dos filhos, o alerta é de que eles têm ...more
Felipe Bezerra
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O livro tem três autores, são eles: Wesley Callihan, Douglas Jones e Douglas Wilson. O livro de forma geral é uma apresentação bem clara sobre a educação clássica e a sua relação com o ensino domiciliar. No final do livro podemos consultar uma lista de livros indicados, separados por categorias e sites que podemos consultar sobre os temas abordados no livro.
A obra tem uma estrutura bem clara, na introdução e nos três primeiros capítulos os autores fazem uma abordagem geral do tema e definem o qu
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Jeremy Gardiner
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short introduction to classical education and teaching it in the context of the home. I love the emphasis on teaching logic and rhetoric but disagree with the necessity of learning Latin and reading the secular classics of Western Civilization. I think understanding how Latin works is helpful, and understanding what the classics are and a summary of them is important. However, learning the language and reading the classics in full is not something I think everyone should do, only those who sho ...more
Joonas Laajanen
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The education of the children for God is the most important business done on earth. it is the one business for which all the earth exists. To it all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated: and every parent especially ought to feel, every hour of the day, that next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God-this is his task on earth." -R.L. Dabney
Elizabeth
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Both classical education and homeschooling have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember: it's how I was taught to learn, and it's how I learned to teach. Because of that, I was already familiar with the concepts laid out in this guide. At just over 60 pages, this book is brief but is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to give their kids a strong education--as well as anyone wanting to check and even correct the state of their own learning.
Vincent Stewart
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great read

Every Christian parent considering homeschooling their children should read this book! I highly recommended taking the time to sit down and read through this short book and carefully weigh the arguments presented
David Skinner
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book adequately describes the basic tenets of Classical Education in a succinct and concise manner. The authors argue for the concept of Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric in Christian education, in either a private school education or homeschool context.
Thiago McHertt
Excelente introdução!
Christopher
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great primer on Classical Christian education.
Josiah Richardson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
A decent overview of classical education and its implementation.
Nick
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short but 👍

I wish it were longer,but a good introduction. It covers basics of classical education. Why study Latin and Logic? He gives excellent reasons.
Lucas Bragança
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um bom livro introdutório sobre educação clássica e domiciliar. Pra um leigo no assunto como eu, achei bom começar por esse, pelo menos pra entender um pouco as coisas.
Victor Gomes
Um bom livro para um estudo inicial, porém muito breve. O leitor certamente só terá arranhado a superfície do tema após concluída a leitura.
Carleton Raisbeck
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's helped me to realize that home schooling any children I might have is actually a possibility. Rather than handing them over to people who have views I don't agree with for an education that's not worth while, I may have the choice to raise them in a classically Christian way. This book is an introduction into how that could be done. And with the rather large list of around 100 titles at the back recommended as a 'start' or introductory reading, there's one thing he makes clear: to teach a c ...more
Matt Pitts
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
In their own words this is a "brief overview" that aims to give "homeschool parents new to classical and Christian education...a little more grounding on the subject." It accomplishes that aim quite well. It gives an overview of what classical education is and gives the reader fair warning of the hard work involved in providing it in a homeschool setting in a way that challenges rather than discourages.

This book can easily be read in an afternoon and includes a helpful but sufficiently brief "w
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Caleb
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview. Really appreciated their stress on imaginative literature and the imagination as foundational for so much of learning. They don't minimize the challenges, the need for parents to be students, etc. A little intimidated by how much these guys read and how quickly. They place a reading list at the end of the book and suggest that parents should read one book a week. How could anyone read Plato's Republic in a week and get anything out of it?

Despite this unrealistic expectation, Clas
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Sean Higgins
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
Not too much practical help for parents, but the book does provide parents with some important reminders about the necessary hard work, some basic explanations of key classical components (Scripture, language, imagination, Latin, logic, rhetoric), and a few pages of beginning reading lists. In other words, this is a good toe-dipping resource for parents who are considering jumping into the pool.
Mary Ann
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I purchased the audio version, though I much prefer the printed page, thinking my husband could more safely listen during his daily commute than hold a book and drive. I found the words heard both informative and encouraging but wish that I could reference the written list of recommended reading which is missing but referred to on the CD. This is torture for a bibliophile!
Rick Davis
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
This is good material overall, but there is no specific instruction on how to apply the classical method to homeschooling. This is more an introduction to classical Christian education in general. The book list at the end is a good resource.
Bekah
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is more of a "crash-course" on grammar/ logic/ rhetoric/ worldview than a "how-to make this work in a home school". But for what it was, it was very informative. Just not in the way I expected it was going to be. I like Douglas Wilson, and most of what he has to say.
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“We should remember that with such preparatory reading, a good pace to maintain is to try and finish a book every week or two. This may seem intimidating at first, and if it were considered a hobby, it would be overwhelming. But the task is the education of your children, which is not a hobby but a vocation. The word vocation comes from the Latin verb voco, which means “I call.” A person’s vocation is his calling; a parent’s vocation is to learn in order to teach.” 0 likes
“And we state emphatically, again, that the reading of the teacher is more important than the reading of the student. If the teacher reads as he should, the reading of the student will naturally fall into place. But if the teacher is just in search of a “book list” for the student to read, then it is not a classical and Christian education that is in view.” 0 likes
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