Classical High School (in Providence, RI) is the best and most demanding educational institution I have ever been associated with. The name tells the story. When I attended, offerings and requirements included four years of Latin, three years of French, two years of German, physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, English, history, civics, in addition to extra-curricular activities, and clubs — French Club, Latin Club, German Club, Science Club, among many others. A student body made up of the children of immigrants or first generation Americans; many, like me, the first in their families to finish high school. Nearly a 100 percent college attendance rate. A yearbook that featured student translations from Virgil and original poems in Latin.Notice the focus not only on Latin, but on modern languages, the sciences & the humanities. That's a well-rounded education for a young person. Personally, I'd drop French off the curriculum and replace it with a more practical and beautiful language -- Spanish! -- but the basic program is spot on. And why is this classical model so good at educating folks? The focus on rhetoric, logic and grammar, as Fish explains in the article.
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Amo, amas, amat: time to return to classical education
A Classical Education: Back to the Future. As Fish points out, classical education provides students with a wider vision of the world than what most public school students are exposed to in the politically correct, test-obsessed, mindless droning of the modern education establishment: