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.

What is Classical 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.

Why Return to Classical Education?

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

  • approach previously unknown subject matter, problems, or life situations,
  • utilize the tools of learning which have been practiced, refined, and internalized in school,
  • analyze a subject or problem according to the standard of truth,
  • understand it and do something about it.


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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Big Spring, Texas




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