Erik Ellis

About Erik Ellis

Dr. Ellis is a postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and a visiting scholar at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. He holds master's degrees in History and Classics and Medieval Studies, and his research focuses on the history of education and the reception of classical culture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Dr. Ellis also taught Latin and liberal arts at schools in Oklahoma for five years.

What Is a Classical Education?

By |2020-05-08T10:01:17-05:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: Classical Education, Classics, Culture, Education, Great Books|

When most people imagine a classical school, they probably think of a K-12 institution with a compulsory Latin curriculum focusing on grammatical analysis and close translation, an integrated approach to humanities that takes inspiration from the Great Books programs developed over the last sixty years, and some compromise with the conventional STEM-orientation in science [...]

Are the Great Books Enough to Revive Our Education System?

By |2020-04-30T15:17:06-05:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Classical Education, Culture, Education, Liberal Learning|

Intended originally to transform a largely agrarian population into efficient industrial workers, the progressive system of education has had its day. In response, over the past forty years, there has been an explosion in homeschooling and classical schools, which propose a variety of ways of moving forward by retrieving the wisdom of the past. [...]

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