What is Classical Christian Education?

The core of classical education is the trivium, which, simply put, is a teaching model that seeks to tailor the curriculum subject matter to a child's cognitive development.  The trivium emphasizes:

  • concrete thinking and memorization of the facts of the subjects in grade school;
  • analytical thinking and understanding of the subjects in middle school; and
  • abstract thinking and articulation of the subjects in high school. 


Subjects unique to classical education which help accomplish the goals of the trivium are

  • grammar, the science of language usage;
  • logic, the science of right thinking; and
  • rhetoric, the science of verbal and written expression. 


Classical Christian education is further characterized by a rich exposure to the history, art, and culture of Western Civilization, including

  • its languages (Latin and Greek),
  • its philosophy and literature (the great books of Western Civilization and the Christian tradition), and
  • the development of a Biblical worldview with theology in its proper place as the Queen of the Sciences.

Read more at https://classicalchristian.org/what-is-classical-christian-education/

Recommended Reading List for Classical Education

The Lost Tools of Learning
Dorothy Sayer's address to Oxford University in 1947, calling for a return to classical education.
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"The Lost Tools of Learning" *

Dorothy Sayers

Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning

Douglas Wilson  

The Seven Laws of Teaching

John Milton Gregory 

The Case for Classical Christian Education 

Douglas Wilson

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The Abolition of Man

C.S. Lewis

Education, Christianity, and the State

J. Gresham Machen

Foundations of Christian Education

Louis Berkof, Cornelius Van Til

Ideas Have Consequences

Richard Weaver

On Secular Education

R.L. Dabney


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