The Classical Tradition in Antebellum America

By |2019-03-10T14:03:22-05:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Featured|Tags: , |

The classical curriculum remained the educational gold standard in nineteenth-century America. In fact, its influence grew, as women’s academies with a classical curriculum were founded all over the expanding nation… The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States by Carl J. Richard (Harvard University Press, 2009) With The [...]

Whit Stillman’s “Barcelona” & 1980s America

By |2019-03-10T09:47:47-05:00January 21st, 2017|Categories: Christian Kopff, Featured, Film, Whit Stillman|Tags: , |

Director Whit Stillman understands that America is dominated by a culture that was imported from Europe and is expressed in European tongues and nourished and maintained by contact with Europe… “Amerika, du hast es besser!” Goethe exclaimed. For him America was a land free from the ancient traditions that are Europe’s heritage and curse. For [...]

What is the Vocation of the Language Teacher?

By |2019-03-10T09:54:21-05:00August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Christian Kopff, Classics, Education, Featured, Language|Tags: , |

At first glance, there would seem to be much work awaiting the teacher and scholar of language in the twenty-first century. The powers that be are obsessed with the industrial pollution of water, land, and air. The case seems to be clearer, or foggier, for pollution of language. Useful old words are no longer part [...]

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 in [...]

Inspired by Liberty & Virtue: The Education of the Founders of the American Republic (video)

By |2019-11-14T15:26:38-06:00May 2nd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Audio/Video, Christian Kopff, Liberal Learning, Republicanism|Tags: |

“Inspired by Liberty & Virtue: The Education of the Founders of the American Republic” was the keynote address given to the Free Enterprise Institute’s Founders’ Day Breakfast, November 2011. A slightly revised text version of this address can be found here. […]

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 Arc), [...]

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 ordered [...]

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