The Twilight of the Professors

By |2015-04-29T07:45:13-05:00August 21st, 2013|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Conservatism, Culture, Education, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

The traditional ideal of the professor—a vaguely eccentric, impractical seeker of truth always teetering, like the Greek philosopher Thales, on the brink of some well or other—has all but disappeared. Though obviously a caricature, this stereotype at least captured the essence of what a professor should be: someone whose life is passionately consumed with [...]

The Classics and the Traditional Liberal Arts Curriculum

By |2019-08-08T14:44:32-05:00March 21st, 2013|Categories: Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

Before I started writing this essay, I went to University of Colorado library and took out one of the best books in English on education, Albert Jay Nock’s Theory of Education in the United States (1932). It is significant for our topic that, while Nock‘s irritable tirade, Our Enemy, the State, is easily available [...]

The Importance of Marcus Tullius Cicero

By |2019-12-03T12:38:02-06:00February 25th, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Cicero, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Featured, Liberal Learning, Natural Law|

How do I define the Natural Law? Taking my cue from Cicero—especially from On the Republic, On Duties, and On the Laws—I can state that Natural Law theory argues that there is a supreme being who holds everything together through his love or his force or his will or whatever it might be that [...]

A Proper Core Curriculum is Political & Ought Not Be “Politicized”

By |2019-12-26T23:10:16-06:00February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

The idea for this essay came from a question posed during a meeting of the National Association of Scholars, where several of the presentations had decried recent academic movements of the sort led by Marxists, feminists, homosexualists, or Black separatists, and complained of these groups having politicized higher education. Subsequently, a panel discussing the [...]

Stoicism and the Logos

By |2018-10-11T16:28:58-05:00October 20th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Stoicism|Tags: |

And the end and the beginning were always there Before the beginning and after the end. And all is always now. Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still. Shrieking voices Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering, [...]

The Purpose of Mathematics in a Classical Education

By |2019-05-21T14:17:05-05:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Education, Liberal Learning, Mathematics|

A resurgence of interest in classical education has been evident in recent years. This has been due, in part, to a number of influential writings on regaining “lost” knowledge in our culture which have, in turn, inspired an increasing number of schools founded on a classical model. When surveying the landscape of classical education, [...]

Classical Education: Entrusting The Future of the West to Our Children

By |2018-12-12T16:24:35-06:00July 18th, 2012|Categories: Andrew Seeley, Catholicism, Christianity, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Film, J.R.R. Tolkien|Tags: |

I am grateful to the founding parents and benefactors of the Lyceum that you have not had to grow up in a cultural wilderness as I did. Why anyone would be nostalgic for the 70’s I do not know. To give you an idea of how bad it was: In 1973, Admiral Jeremiah Denton [...]

The New Classical Education

By |2015-04-29T07:45:15-05:00June 29th, 2012|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Liberal Learning, Michael Oakeshott|Tags: |

In September 1974, the English philosopher Michael Oakeshott delivered the Abbott Memorial Lecture at Colorado College. Entitled “A Place for Learning,” Oakeshott’s lecture attacked the dominant model of education, a model predicated on the theories of the American educationist John Dewey. Learning, Oakeshott observed, should take place under “conditions of direction and restraint designed [...]

The War of the Three Humanisms: Irving Babbitt and the Recovery of Classical Learning

By |2016-07-26T15:39:50-05:00April 5th, 2012|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Irving Babbitt, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

Irving Babbitt Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?—T.S. Eliot, Choruses from the Rock Irving Babbitt (1865–1933) is not much remembered today, except perhaps through Sinclair Lewis’s snarky naming of the eponymous villain of the satire of mid-American manners and mores, Babbitt, [...]

Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences

By |2019-03-10T09:50:01-05:00March 19th, 2012|Categories: Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Humanities, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

In 1999 the A&E cable network broadcast a list of “The 100 Most Influential People of the Past 1000 Years,” selected by a “Blue Ribbon Panel.” Some of the names on the bottom half of the list were rather silly: Princess Diana, the Beatles, Elvis Presley (who was ranked just ahead of Joan of [...]

Inspired by Liberty & Virtue: The Classical Education of the Founders

By |2019-07-12T16:20:53-05:00November 15th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

The classical education of the American Founders was “Inspired by Liberty and Virtue.” Winston Elliott suggested the title for this essay and it is a good one. The curriculum that educated so many of the Founding generation was not primarily training for a profession. It aimed at preparing future citizens for a life of [...]

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