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Classical Education

The pedagogical goal of classical education is to prepare the student to learn on their own. The student through proper training will make books their teachers. A classical education is composed largely of the Trivium.

The Trivium consists of three stages of an elementary education: Grammar, Logic, and rhetoric. During the Grammar stage Language, preferably an ancient language such as Latin or Greek is taught. This will require the child to spend a great deal of time memorizing. The young child is able to memorize large amounts of information, even if not yet fully understood. The child must master the "Grammar" of each of their subjects, developing a base for later reasoning. During the Logic stage the child begins to understand and reason. The child can now put together facts learned and ask questions. Formal logic begins to form and theological and morality debates begin. Rhetoric is the final stage of the Trivium. During the rhetoric stage the child moves from understanding to learning to present meaningful arguments.

Once the student begins to specialize they move on to the Quadrivium, which involves specialization in a particular area. The belief is that ideas progress from philosophers and work down through Universities to become a part of our common culture. Because ideas progress in this way its important to study the foundations of those ideas in order to understand their manifestations in our present time.

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