What is a Classical Education?

What exactly is a classical education? In a nutshell it is the same course of study that helped propel Western Civilization to the top of the world when it comes to civic institutions, personal liberty, philanthropy, economic enterprise, technological innovation, and relative safety and security. It is rooted in an approach that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome and developed over a long period of time in the West.

Classical schools take an approach to education characterized by a traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum and pedagogy, and an orientation towards truth, beauty, and goodness that aims to cultivate wise and virtuous citizens.

Articles on Classical Education

A Classical Education: Back to the Future by Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish is a professor of humanities and law at Florida International University.

The Benefits of a Classical Education by Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of computer book publisher, O’Reilly Media Inc.

Silicon Valley Needs Humanities Students by Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers by Scott Samuelson

Scott Samuelson teaches philosophy at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.



Book Recommendations

Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America by Gene Edward Veith Jr. and Andrew Kern

Real Education: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America’s

Schools Back to Reality by Charles Murray

The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools by E.D. Hirsch

The Great Tradition: Classic Readings On What It Means To Be An Educated Human Being edited by Richard Gamble

Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong: And What We Can Do About It? by William Kilpatrick

Arithmetic for Parents: A Book For Grownups About Children’s Mathematics by Ron Aharoni