On Wednesday, December 4, Heritage Christian School’s choir came to sing us beautiful songs about the Christmas season.
The goal of education in ancient and medieval times was to teach children how to think and learn for themselves. They were given the tools of learning and then taught how to apply those tools of learning to any subject they encountered. In contrast, modern education generally tends to teach “subjects” or “skills.”
The Ancient and Medieval school curriculum taught three basic tools of learning:
Grammar: The fundamental rules and core knowledge of each subject.
Logic: The ordered and logical relationship of particulars in each subject.
Rhetoric: How the grammar and logic of each subject may be clearly communicated.
These three basic tools of learning (Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric) were called the Trivium. The Trivium is the heart of classical education. These tools of learning, not mere “subjects”, were forged and mastered. Subjects were the material upon which one practiced and developed these tools of learning.
As Heart of the Valley transitions to a classical curriculum our goal is to produce strong-minded, faith-guided, logical young people. Our children will be the leaders used by the Lord to change this world for Him. Our mission at HVCS is to help them to be confident in who they are, what they believe, and where they are going. I expect them to speak well and appropriately. We will keep our expectations high, and encourage our students to lead rather than follow.
Hard work is not something that comes naturally to most of our children. We will ask our children to be set apart by their work ethic, respect for their teachers and fellow students, and their unwavering faith in our Lord. I know you will support us in this endeavor.
Thankful for you,
Please read these two articles on Classical Education:
Classical Schools Put Plato Over iPad
By Julia Duin, Special to CNN
(CNN) – In Maryland, a group of students ponder which depiction of the Nativity shows true beauty: A 14th-century Giotto, a 16th-century Barocci or a 20th-century William Congdon. The students are in seventh grade.
Outside Houston, second-graders learn Latin amid the Doric columns, Romanesque arches and the golden Renaissance hues of a gracious brick building.
And in West Tennessee, a first-grade classroom lists virtues – reverence, discipline, diligence and loving kindness – along with Aristotle’s “four questions,” a simplified version of the Greek philosopher’s four causes. Read full article here.
A Blast From the Past
Enrollment Surges After a Colorado Catholic School Adopts a Classical Curriculum
BY WAYNE LAUGESEN
DENVER — Like too many other Catholic schools, Our Lady of Lourdes experienced declining enrollment throughout the past decade. By 2008, enrollment at the pre-K to 8 school had fallen to just 100 — too low to remain open if the trend continued.
Suddenly, the picture has changed, and mere survival no longer reigns supreme, thanks to a recent switch to a classical-education curriculum.