Classical education

  • Links to classical education homeschooling materials

  • “The primary mission…is to promote, establish and equip schools committed to a classical approach to education in light of a Christian worldview”

  • "The purpose of education is to equip the next generation to govern well over this physical, material world."

    Christian Overman

  • “Consulting and Integrated Resources in Classical Education” is a “leading provider of inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada ”

  • “…the leading provider of information, inspiration, and insight to classical educators throughout North America”

  • "…an association of elementary and secondary schools working to promote the transmission of the culture of the Christian West to the next generation through the Classical Core CurriculumTM, which focuses on the content study of history, literature, and the great ideas, with an emphasis on basic skills and the liberal arts, and a special emphasis on the study of Latin."

  • Having taught at a classical Christian school for five years and followed the classical Christian education movement for some years prior, I have come to believe that it is the best approach to K-12 education available today.

    Due to its understanding of education as the reshaping of a child’s soul (in contrast to “discovery” models of education, for example), the method tends to develop thinkers defined by who they are instead of workers defined by what they do. Its focus on the Great Conversation gives students respect for history and helps them see themselves as contributors to that conversation. Unlike inward-facing fundamentalist approaches to education, this movement does not shy away from the world, but instead teaches students to interact thoughtfully with contemporary culture.

    Classical Christian schools do these and many other things well, and consequently their numbers, acceptance, and influence are on the rise. However, as this form of education comes of age, it needs to be wary of certain temptations. Five specific cautions come to mind.

  • "Providing classical Christian education by uniting students with quality independent teachers on an innovative online platform."

  • “…seeks to cultivate minds and hearts that love God, their neighbor, and all that is true, good, and beautiful”

  • By Scott Masson with Doug Sikkhema, Cardus Audio, December 17, 2014

    Scott speaks with Cardus's Doug Sikkema about the intersection of classical education with Christian education, why creating elitists might not be a bad thing, and whether equality is all it's cracked up to be.

    "Education is first and foremost a moral enterprise. It's about training in virtue. Even the pagan educators recognized that."

    Listen to 29:15 minute interview