What is a Classical Education?

"When you’re asked to give a commencement address, the first thing you think about is, what can you possibly tell these young men and women that they don’t already know? Especially here at Founders Classical Academy, where simply because these students chose to be educated in this particular way, I already know a great deal about them. I have a sense of their ambition and of their standards. I have a pretty good idea of where their moral compass points. And I know they’re not afraid of challenges. I know they have people in their lives who care deeply about them. And I know that their futures will be filled with accomplishments and good works."

Mr. Pat Sajak, Keynote Speaker at Inaugural Commencement

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

"What's So Great about Teachers?" by Louise Cowan

Louise Cowan was a professor emeritus at the University of Dallas and a co-founder of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

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 Can We Do About It?, by William Kilpatrick

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

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