“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future, and crimes from society.” – Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography.
Let’s start with history. In the elementary curriculum, knowledge of history’s important events and persons is what children must learn: what happened, who was involved, where, and when. Traditionally, history textbooks have been used to impart this information. Children then learn the information for a test, and forget it promptly afterward. Why? Because they are […]
History of Western Civilization A biblical study of history begins with the history of Western Civilization. (Why?) Other civilizations and cultures may be studied as Western Civilization encounters them. However, the focus especially in the elementary years is the rise of Western Civilization, and of course the American nation if you are homeschooling in the […]
ON GOOD BOOKS 2015 mar 16 ON GOOD BOOKS: WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE 2015 mar 23 ON GOOD BOOKS: WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, PART TWO 2015 mar 31 ON GOOD BOOKS: FANTASY & THE TEST OF TRUE 2015 may 26 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever […]
Classical educators describe three tools of learning, necessary for a child to grow into the power of his mind, to train his mind to think rightly. They are grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric, and correspond to three stages of learning. This education theory stretches back to classical antiquity – ancient Greece and Rome – when it […]
I talk a lot about teaching in such a way so that a child is given the power of their mind. What do I mean by the power of the mind? I first ran across this concept in an essay by professor of English and Classics, Richard Mitchell, Why Good Grammar? (Read the whole thing; it […]