Beginning in Classical Greece and Rome, and continuing through the Middle Ages and the Colonial eras of our nation, education for children was a classical education. This method produced Archimedes, St. Paul, Marcus Aurelius, St. Patrick, Columba, Danté, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Christopher Columbus, Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and our own great George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.
These giants of their time are only a few of the great philosophers, scientists, theologians, writers, and artists that lived and worked through the 18th century. They lived up to their potential, and each in their own way impacted the course of human history, because their potential was unlocked in part by classical education, which prepared them to grapple with the problems of their day.
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:
Subjects unique to classical education which help accomplish the goals of the trivium are
Classical Christian education is further characterized by a rich exposure to the history, art, and culture of Western Civilization, including
The combination of the progression of learning from facts to understanding to expression (the stages of the trivium) and the additional classical subjects, work together to give children the tools to think for themselves and to be independent, life-long learners. That is the primary goal of classical education, and, by extension, of Runnels Academy. It is to equip educated men and women throughout their lives to
Classical education, therefore, trains children for success in any field, whether it be marriage and family life, work in dealing with society and individuals, business, or arts and the humanities. Furthermore, classical education has proven its effectiveness in training for scientific excellence, which depends on the arts of fact-finding, analysis, adherence to truth, and the problem-solving skills of which classical education specializes. Secondarily, it works: children taught by this method routinely exhibit academic proficiency.
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