Ever heard of “classical” education?
It’s quickly becoming a top-shelf brand in American education, including Catholic schools.
Last weekend, I spoke at two outstanding Chesterton Academies near Chicago and Milwaukee about the exciting renewal of both Catholic and classical education.
Many Catholic homeschoolers and independent schools have been using classical methods for years, and some dioceses are trying it in parochial schools.
Essentially, “classical” refers to the subjects and methods of teaching that were successful throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. These were rooted in ancient Greek and Roman practices.
Classical education emphasizes learning to think and communicate, and not just accumulating knowledge.
It’s also about formation in virtue and wisdom.
Classical education served many of the world’s greatest thinkers, especially when part of a Catholic education. The Truth revealed by Christ informs every field of study, enlarging our understanding of science, math, literature, history, and human nature.
Our culture desperately needs men and women who can reason well and solve our culture’s deep problems in the light of Christianity.
That, I believe, is the great promise of a Catholic classical education as embraced by a rapidly growing number of schools and homeschool programs across the United States.
And thanks to your support, The Cardinal Newman Society will continue to promote and defend such faithful Catholic education, with the confidence that truth prevails. May God bless you!
Sincerely yours in Christ,