Who Sets the Standards? by Patch Blakey
Have you ever wondered about standards? I was taught at a very early age that there was a Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC. But who established those standards? What about the myriad of standards constantly being created by other government bureaucracies? Where do they come from? What are they based on?
History: Trivium vs. Trivial Pursuit Part One by Bob Donaldson
As we seek to apply the trivium to the study of history, we struggle against two common cultural biases.
History: Trivium vs. Trivial Pursuit Part Two by Bob Donaldson
The first stage of the trivium is the grammar stage. In order to understand the way to apply the analogy of grammar to history (or any other subject) we must first look at how grammar applies to language.
History: Trivium vs. Trivial Pursuit Part Three by Bob Donaldson
In the dialectic stage, students begin to interpret historical events and explain them in terms of broader motivations and themes. To do this, it is imperative to begin with a Biblical philosophy of history, which in turn, can be developed from the first eleven chapters of Genesis. While the following list does not really begin to do justice to a full Biblical treatment of history, it at least sketches an outline which should drive our principles of interpretation
The Place of the Arts In Classical Education by Gregory Wilbur
Secular educators approach the study of the Arts with the desire of developing a well rounded student. The study of the Arts does much more than to provide “enrichment” in education, and its relevance is not as simple to relate as recent television advertisements suggest. Johnny will not necessarily give better business presentation because he was a second grade vegetable in a Four Food Groups school play. Instruction in the arts has long been a part of education from the time of the Quadrivium to the present. What exactly is this component of education and why is it important?
The Gospel and Classical Christian Education by Patch Blakey
Whereas by God’s grace we have recovered the lost tools of learning, let us not forget that in Classical and Christian education, that which is Classical is the servant to that which is Christian. They are not both evenly mixed in some sort of egalitarian educational stew, three. parts Christian, three parts Classical Jesus Christ is LORD of all, hence the Classical must be, and. most assuredly is, subject to Christ’s universally extensive headship.
The Scriptural Worldview by Chris Schlect
I became aware of the necessity for sound, biblical thinking in each of the academic disciplines while I was in college. At that time I had become convinced from Scripture that up to that point in my academic career I had been disobedient to the greatest commandment: to love God with all of my heart, soul, and mind. I had no idea of what a distinctively Christian outlook on mathematics or history would be like, but I knew that as a student I was called to develop such an outlook.
You Can’t Get There From Here! by G. Tyler Fischer
A family vacation gone wrong. Suddenly, they see a gas station. The father swallows, gulping down that last bit of stubborn pride that kept him from getting directions hours ago. Before him sat two old men on squeaky rocking chairs staring off into the pale sunset apparently oblivious to his presence. He inquires, “How do you get to Laramie?” The gray men remain stone-like. One of them, however, squints as if accessing a lost memory bank. The silence continues, as the father’s discomfort grows. Suddenly the ancient sage announces his verdict. “You can’t get there from here!”
The Vision for Classical and Christian Education
In the realm of education, we live in a time of tremendous opportunity and change. A few generations ago, the idea of universal government education was accepted by virtually everyone. Now, as this once proud system of socialist education is toppling, we hear – everywhere – the exciting hum of a free-market school system starting up. No longer is private education an alternative for just a few. In the years to come we will see free-market education replace the failed experiment of government schools.
The Trivium: Does it Really Work? by Patch Blakey
Some questions may linger as to the viability of such a system of education. Who wants their child to invest twelve precious years of his short life and find out afterwards that it was a bad investment? So, is the Trivium applied consistently in any discipline today with success?
The Trivium in Biblical Perspective by Robert R. Booth
The fear of the Lord is the starting place (Prov. 1:7) and the ending place (Eccl. 12:12-13) of all legitimate learning. It is God’s creature functioning in context. Absent the recognition of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of life, the learning of particular facts is vain and the assembling of those facts into a cohesive whole is impossible. It is somewhat like lifting sentences at random from a novel and trying to organize them into something that makes sense without acknowledging there ever was a novel or novel writer.