Classical Education and The Trivium
All education was 'classical' until the social engineers of the early 20th century decided they knew better than fifty generations of our wiser forebears, including a thoroughly self-educated man like Sam Houston. How has that been going?
Trivium is the Latin word for “three roads” (grammar, logic and rhetoric) that meet at one educational point.
A subject's grammar consists of its fundamental rules and facts. "Just the facts, ma'am."
A subject's logic reveals the ordered relationship between its many particulars. "Your toe bone connected to your foot bone."
The art of rhetoric gives us a method for expressing the grammar and logic of each subject, fittingly. "Remember the Alamo!"
"It is a matter of great satisfaction to me to hope that my children will be in circumstances to receive a good education. Mine was defective and I feel the inconvenience, if not the misfortune of not receiving a classical education."
Okay, I get it that Sam Houston cared about great education. But how can I make sure my child is taught skills that are relevant for the 21st century?
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