What is a Classical Education?

 

Classical education is over 2,500 years old and originates from the Greeks and Romans.  It was refined in the Middle Ages into its current form.  Classical refers to the period of time it was established and also the classical works that are studied.  

Classical education teaches students how to learn by engaging them strategically, based on their grade and particular interests at a certain developmental stage.  Instead of providing disconnected facts, figures, and phonics, classical education encourages curiosity and context, connecting ideas so children can become independent thinkers. 

For example, a lesson on Galileo would be applied to history, grammar, and science (even math) seamlessly, allowing the student a broad context that will enhance their comprehension and knowledge base.  The only difference from grade to grade would be teaching methods and how the information is presented.  

A classical education is an education aimed at human excellence. It is traditional in the ends it pursues, in the materials it uses, and in the methods it employs. Classical schools seek to cultivate virtuous habits of thought and action in order to orient students’ minds and affections to the true, the beautiful, and the good. To this end, classical schools offer a traditional course of study that focuses on the liberal arts and sciences, and a traditional pedagogy that emphasizes active forms of learning. 

Classical education employs a three-stage process of training the mind:

(1) The grammar stage, which focuses on learning facts and laying the foundations for advanced study

(2) The logic stage, which teaches students to reason out the relationships between facts and think through arguments

(3) The rhetoric stage, which focuses on wise and persuasive use of facts and arguments through speech and writing. 

This ancient pattern, called the trivium, was thought to be the essential foundation for success in all subsequent courses of study. 

Students at Monarch Classical School of the Arts will pursue wisdom and virtue at every grade level and in each of the many disciplines offered to our students. Monarch's academic focus is on developing thoughtful, literate, and expressive students through classical education, a time-tested model that is systematic and comprehensive. 

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