A "Classical" Education is:
- Language intensive. It demands that students use and understand words, not video images.
- History intensive. It gives a comprehensive view of human endeavor from beginning until now.
- Demands self-discipline. A teacher's job is to teach and inspire. A student's job is to educate and apply.
- Produces literate, curious, intelligent students with a wide range of interests and abilities.
Though over-used lecture has value if done well with question and answer at the close and students learn note-taking skills. Guest "experts" will regularly be asked to lecture. Colloquium
Consists of a group of students and a facilitator that have all read a particular book and come together to discuss, address one another and answer questions about that book. Sample questions might include:
- What was the author's meaning?
- Did the author make allusions? If so, explain.
- What was the structure of the story and why?
- Was there imagery and what did it accomplish?
- Why did the characters act the way they did?
- Can you compare this book with other books that you have read?
- What is the main message of the book?
- List key ideas and analyze these ideas.
- What are key lessons learned?
Just as sustained and serious reading is at the center of self-education so is sustained and intensive daily writing critical for students to be able to communicate effectively. Daily essay writing and essay exams test not only the knowledge a student has acquired but the ability to organize and communicate that knowledge and apply it.
Both regular oral presentations and oral exams are vital in preparing students for public performance, thinking on their feet and verbal argument. Excellence in oral persuasion is a key element in being able to move the cause of liberty and inspire greatness in others.
Technology ExaminationIn our modern world, technical skills are essential for nearly anyone seeking to achieve their personal excellence and/or improve their sociality. Technology makes many classical texts and classical tools accessible to our scholars, thus helping them develop the timeless skills of thinking, reasoning, creativity, and expression.