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What is Classical Education?
A Classical Education is a methodology involving three stages (Grammar, Logic, & Rhetoric), also known as the Trivium. Each stage serves a purpose in educating students as they learn to apply knowledge and think independently. Students who receive a classical education are known as creative, thoughtful, inventive, and, above all, problem solvers, preparing them for college and beyond.
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Adapted from Classical and Christian Education by Gregg Strawbridge
The Grammar Stage
The Grammar Stage of knowledge, covers core subjects like math, science, English, and history. Included in the English courses are subjects like art, music, and Latin. During the Elementary years, students in the grammar stage accumulate and memorize information about each subject while forming a knowledge base to be used in the second and third stages of instruction, logic and rhetoric.
The Logic Stage
The Logic Stage (Jr. High School) students take their knowledge based foundation into reason, where the student begins to realize principles and gain a better understanding about all subjects in general. During the logic years, students synthesize this foundational information to reason, realize principles, and gain an overall understanding about each subject.
The Rhetoric Stage
The Rhetoric Stage (High School) students use an accumulation of understanding and knowledge to learn communications skills both written and oral while incorporating wisdom into their education. During this stage final preparation for college and life is a key focus, including guidance and mentorship to assist with the next phase of a students life.
How does a classical education different from a "traditional" education?
The Classical education is a return to teaching children to think and learn by and for themselves. The Classical model accomplishes this by imparting children the tools of learning. Tradition education uses convenience, mandates, and social norms, as its guide, while Classical education has a focus on the approach, content, and learning style.
Classical education is rooted in the medieval concept of the Trivium, which comprises three learning tools: Grammar, Logic, & Rhetoric. The Grammar phase uses knowledge as a tool. The Logic phase uses reasoning, and the Rhetoric phase uses communication and expression as a tool.