Classical Christian education

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Classical Christian education is an approach to learning which emphasizes biblical teachings and incorporates a teaching model from the classical education movement known as the Trivium, consisting of three parts: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. According to Douglas Wilson, this method of instruction was developed by early Christians as part of the Seven Liberal Arts.[1] Wilson's writings and the Logos School he founded have been cited as being influential in reviving the Trivium and fueling a modern educational movement, primarily among American Protestants.[2][3][4]

Classical Christian education is characterized by a reliance on classical works by authors such Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Josephus, Dante, and Shakespeare, and an integration of a Christian worldview into all subjects.[5] In addition, classical Christian education exposes students to Western Civilization's history, art and culture, teaching Latin as early as the second grade and often offering several years of Greek.[3] Many schools have been marked by higher than average scores on standardized tests.[2]

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  • An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents (2005), by Christopher Perrin
  • Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education (1981), by David V. Hicks
  • Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning (1991), by Douglas Wilson
  • The Case for Classical Christian Education (2003), by Douglas Wilson
  • Wisdom and Eloquence (2006), by Charles Evans and Robert Littlejohn
  • The Liberal Arts Tradition (2013), by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain
  • The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education (2011), by Leigh Bortins
  • The Question: Teaching Your Child the Essentials of Classical Education (2013), by Leigh Bortins
  • The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education (2015), by Leigh Bortins

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