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A Classical Education Success Story

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Classically educated children score higher on standardized tests, and private education by nature costs more than public. ACCS schools average an annual price tag of $7,000.

But classical educators point to the success of Gregg’s Hope Academy as proof that classical education isn’t just for the privileged elite. Three-quarters of the students are from low-income families; 80 percent are ethnic minorities.

And yet their math and reading test scores are three times those of neighboring public schools.

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Plagiarized Homeschool Products

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I was saddened to read this post about plagiarism in Veritas Press’s Omnibus program:

Plagiarism, Wilson, and the Omnibus

I chose not to use this program with my kids for other reasons (cost, pace, theology, artwork) but it is always disappointing to read this sort of news.

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Teaching the Trivium: The Practical Trivium

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Is Classical Education Catholic?

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David Quine argues that Classical Education will inevitably turn students into Catholics:

DQ: WHERE WILL CLASSICAL EDUCATION LEAD YOUR CHILDREN? Classical Education will most likely result in students who will imbibe the Renaissance Mind rather that the Reformation Mind. These students will be absorbing, assimilating, and embracing the UNION of two traditions, Christian and Greco-Roman thought. The union of these two traditions moves the heart, soul, and mind of the student in the direction of the Catholic Mind rather than the Protestant Mind.


Martin Cothran offers a rebuttal of David Quine’s reasoning as expressed in Quine’s Pitfalls of Classical Education video:

Quine argues that because the classical curriculum draws from both the classical and Christian worldviews the Bible “begins to be marginalized into “a Word of God.” [rather than “the Word of God”] This is another giant step of reasoning that is not filled in. In fact, Quine never states it explicitly, but at this point in the presentation you realize what his basic argument is, even though he doesn’t state it explicitly: Quine is arguing that the reason for modern relativism (which is the whole emphasis of the Josh McDowell lecture at the beginning) is the revival of paganism in the form of classical education.

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What do you think?  I tend to think that it’s not what is studied, per se, but how it is studied.  If the Bible is the standard, and you measure every classical idea against the Bible’s teaching, which worldview are you really teaching to your students?

Posted in Curriculum & Reviews

Ultimate Guide to Classical Curriculum

969875_52703117This is an exhaustive (and exhausting) list of Classical Curriculum Providers, Co-ops, Continuing Education & Bloggers. We will begin by looking at the Classical Curriculum providers that offer curriculum choices across all subjects. For the most part I will not mention their individual curriculum except in the case of some of their curriculum that I feel is often over looked…

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Comparing Classical and Charlotte Mason Approaches to Writing

One of the frustrations I have with homeschooling is that everyone has a different idea of what should be taught when.  This can lead to confusion when trying to plan which resources to use with which child.

Since I tend to take an eclectic approach to our curriculum, I often check both classical and charlotte mason websites for ideas. One subject I am always looking for ideas on is writing because it has been the most difficult subject for my older children to master.  Watching them struggle in this area often causes me to wonder if I’m asking too much or too little for their ages and abilities.  Seeing what other curricula recommend gives me helpful guidance in this area.

Here is a comparison of Ambleside Online, Classical Christian Homeschooling, and Trivium Pursuit‘s approaches to writing, which I have found helpful:

Screenshot (24)As you can see, the programs are very similar, although they differ more in the higher grades.  Here is my attempted synthesis of the three programs:

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This gives me some guidance of what to expect when.  At present, I am using two writing curricula to help me teach my children, but having a chart to compare their progress against helps me see whether or not we are meeting our goals.  Given my experience with my oldest two children, I am not quite brave enough to try to teach writing without a curriculum to guide me, but maybe in the future I will be confident enough to do so!


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The Classical Scholar’s Curriculum Roadmaps

1207518_65204033The Classical Scholar has some helpful curriculum roadmaps for mastering basic skills that are worth checking out.  Here are the links to the roadmaps:

Mastery of Thinking Skills (includes arranging data, solving problems, structuring and analyzing arguments, the scientific method, analyzing literature, researching, and listening)

Mastery of Speaking Skills (maintaining a conversation, writing paragraphs, note-taking, writing advanced compositions, and speeches)

Mastery of Reading Skills (includes reading, spelling, penmanship/typing, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and vocabulary)

1184809_79081312I can’t help thinking that these lists are a reworked version of the 3 R’s.  What do you think?  Is there really much difference between this conception of classical education and a traditional focus on reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic?