Education History

Classical Learning: Friend & Foe

»Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Blog, Education History | Comments Off on Classical Learning: Friend & Foe

If “classical education” means anything but thoroughly Christian learning for youngsters, then we should abandon it.  There is a long tradition of this kind of healthy concern, even among those who did not agree with Tertullian that Athens has nothing to do with Jerusalem, and even among the greatest of classical, liberal arts scholars such as Hugh of St. Victor: “. . . how many men of letters we now see who wish to be called Christians, who enter the church with the rest of the faithful, who there partake of the sacraments of Christ, yet in whose hearts the memory of Saturn and Jove, of Hercules and Mars, of Achilles and Hector, of Pollux and Castor, of Socrates and Plato and Aristotle is more often found than that of Christ and his saints. . .” (On the Moral...

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A Bit of Ozarks History

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Blog, Education History | Comments Off on A Bit of Ozarks History

Below is a bit of little-known local education history from times prior to government-mandated schooling, which really wasn’t that long ago if you look at the big picture. . . . [W]e may trace, in Missouri, the progress, from east to west, of the roving class of hunters so graphically described by Schoolcraft—the hardy and daring people who opened the way for and to a degree facilitated the settlement of the country by the true pioneers, who first made their appearance in the region of the Ozarks in about 1820, penetrating this country by way of the Osage and White rivers and their tributaries, and who brought with them elements of progress and development for which they have heretofore received little credit. . . . The schoolhouse, also used for religious...

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