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CCH’s Online Catalog: Classical Education

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A Biblical Psychology of LearningA Biblical Psychology of Learning
Dr. Ruth Beechick

Dr. Beechick writes of her search that led to this book, “I realized that we need a theory of learning based on the Bible. The shortcomings of secular theories are due mostly to their various secular views of man. We Christians have a higher view of man. We attribute to him God-like qualities--an immaterial soul, heart, mind or personality. So I determined to see what the Bible said about learning.” In this book, Dr. Beechick explores the body-soul question of secular learning theories, our immaterial heart and learning, the science-bible question, creativity, higher thinking, and memory. While not strictly classical, this book is very helpful because all truth is God’s truth. If Dr. Beechick has expressed any truth in her book, and I believe she has, then we owe it to ourselves to integrate that truth with our classical view of learning theory.
Out of print. Search or via an author search using ‘ruth beechick.’

Designing Your Own Classical CurriculumDesigning Your Own Classical Curriculum
Laura Berquist

Subtitled: a Guide to Catholic Home Education. Mrs. Berquist has homeschooled her own six children for fifteen years, some of whom are graduated, and continues to tutor. Her book is divided into four stages: primary, grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric, following more tightly Dorothy Sayers’ divisions for the poll parrot, pert, and poetic stages. It includes schedule and curriculum suggestions for every grade from K-12, plus very helpful resource lists, discussion questions, etc. An added bonus is a chapter titled, “The High School Years: Some Important Considerations,” and an appendix of curriculum suppliers. Protestants should also find much practical help in this “treasure for Catholic parents.”

Teaching the TriviumTeaching the Trivium
Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn

New! Subtitled: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.00 until you have this book. If you can only get one book on this page, make it this one. The Bluedorns have done an excellent job explaining the Biblical foundation of homeschooling, of Christian education, and how to apply the Trivium to a uniquely Biblical, Christian education at home. “Long ago, students were first taught how to learn. Today, students are taught an encyclopedia of subjects -- trivia -- but they are not taught the basic skills of learning: to discover, to reason, and to apply. They are not taught the Trivium. Because we are Christians, we do not want to pursue non-Christian goals. Classical Education must be sifted through the critical screen of the Scriptures to be transformed into the Biblical model.” The Biblical model is thoroughly explained and applied throughout the book. Packed with Scripture, guides for teaching discovering (grammar), reasoning (dialectic), and applying (rhetoric), and many, many practical how-to’s and helps of all kinds, with an out of this world appendix of resources, this is the Well-Trained Mind for those that want their children to have a uniquely and thoroughly Christian education and grounding in a Biblical worldview (that’s all of us, right?). It is inspiring, encouraging, and hopeful -- the Bluedorns have lived this life with five children, the youngest of which is 17.

The Seven Laws of TeachingThe Seven Laws of Teaching
John Milton Gregory

“A clear and simple statement of the important factors governing the art of teaching,” states the book jacket. Teachers from several generations have found solid, basic advice in John Milton Gregory’s clear and concise presentation of the laws of teaching, along with rules for the teacher, and examples of common mistakes in teaching and violations of each law. The frequent reprintings of this 1884 classic testify to the timelessness of its contents.

The Devil Knows LatinThe Devil Knows Latin
E. Christian Kopff

Subtitled: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition. This is a different sort of book, not specifically about classical education, but about the classical tradition of Western civilization and why our country will self-destruct if we continue to ignore it as a society. The title is a little odd, but relates to an insightful story the author tells in the beginning of the book to make his point. “The range of The Devil Knows Latin is broad and fascinating. Whether discussing the importance of Greek and Latin syntax to our society, examining current trends in literary theory, education, and politics, or applying a classical perspective to contemporary films, Christian Kopff (classics professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder) is at home and on the mark. He outlines the perils and possibilities for America in the coming decades with learning and verve--demonstrating that the road to a creative and free future begins as a Roman road.” --The Publisher. While I didn’t agree with every point, this book still provides plenty of food for thought especially important for classical educators.

The Abolition of ManThe Abolition of Man
C. S. Lewis

Subtitled: Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools. This excellent book illustrates how education develops man’s sense of morality: how a good education develops a strong and vital morality, while a poor education develops “men without chests,” one of the chapter titles. Dr. Lewis writes, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.” This is one of those deep-reaching books that teaches something new every time it is read.

The Death of Christian CultureThe Death of Christian Culture
John Senior

John Senior, Catholic professor of classics at five universities over his career, wrote this “State of Christian Civilization” address in 1978, and it is still completely relevant. How did Christian civilization die in the West? Is the glory of Christian culture gone forever? He brilliantly tackles these questions, and provides us with his invaluable 1000 good books / 100 great books theory as a result, with several hundred titles to begin a thousand good books list. His suggestions formed the backbone of the CE Loop’s 1000 Good Books List.
Out of print. Search or via an author search using ‘john senior,’ and a title search using ‘christian culture.’

The Restoration of Christian CultureThe Restoration of Christian Culture
John Senior

John Senior’s valuable 1983 follow-up to his classic Death of Christian Culture is now back in print. Dr. Senior, along with Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis, is a mentor for the modern revival of classical education, and this collection of essays taken from his lectures gives us a blueprint for the restoration of the glory of Christian civilization. For he shows us that all culture, including Christian culture, begins in the heart, from there infects the home, which in turn influences the church. This book also contains a studied discussion of medieval classical education, and what it means for us today.

Recovering the Lost Tools of LearningRecovering the Lost Tools of Learning
Douglas Wilson

Excellent, readable, and thoroughly documented work that covers in particular the need and the value of returning to Classical Christian Education. Pastor Wilson first examines secular schooling, and shows why it cannot be an option for Christian families. He defines what comprises Christian education, and then describes classical Christian education. He includes a description of Logos school as a model. If you are wondering what “proof” there is that classical education is a superior education, this is the book to read. It also includes the text of Dorothy Sayers’ famous speech, “The Lost Tools of Learning.” We recommend it highly.

Repairing the RuinsRepairing the Ruins
Douglas Wilson

“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright and out of that knowledge to love Him, to imitate Him, to be like Him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection.” This quote by John Milton begins Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Modern Education, a collection of essays on the topics of the Scriptural Worldview, the Classical Mind, and Making it [classical education] Work in this Century. A final chapter on the Rise and Fall of Government Education concludes this more in-depth look at classical education, which should follow upon the heels of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning.

Classical Education & the Home SchoolClassical Education & the Home School
Douglas Wilson, Wesley Callihan, and Douglas Jones

This small book gives a brief definition of a classical and a Christian educaton (a more thorough treatment of this topic is covered in Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, also by Douglas Wilson, and Teaching the Trivium, by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn), and expounds on the component parts of a classical and Christian education, including the essential foundation of classical languages, Latin and Greek, and the core subjects of the trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Also included are important essays on the necessity of hard work, the basics of Christian worldview thinking, and guidelines for choosing curriculum. Classical Education and the Home School has a lot of “meat” packed into a small package. This book is available for free on the internet to download in PDF format; scroll down to click on the Download in PDF option.

The Well-Trained MindThe Well-Trained Mind
Jesse Wise and Susan Wise Bauer

Subtitled: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. This book by a mother and daughter provides much practical advice for pursuing a classical education at home, as Mrs. Wise has successfully homeschooled her daughter using classical education, who earned a perfect score on her GRE. The book is based on Mrs. Bauer’s experience teaching university-level English, and her mother’s experience homeschooling classically, and what each of them believes they did right, as well as what they would change if they were to do it all over again. Their thoughtful graded plan to give your children the gift of a well-trained mind is included. Cautions with this book: it takes a secular view of classical education, and although a brief section on religious education is included, Biblical admonition or building a Biblical worldview is not the underpinning of learning language, logic, or expression -- the trivium. Caution number two: Genesis is divorced from both history and science, and therefore from the foundational place it serves to Christian doctrine and moral living.

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