Though the philosophy and practice of Christian Classical education stretches back thousands of years in Western Civilization, it’s recovery in America began as an obscure, grassroots movement of private schools in the 1980’s. Since then, it has become one of the most powerful international educational reform movements in decades. In our culture of secular-progressive, mass public education, Christian Classical education is not “mainstream” and the educational establishment often feels deeply threatened by it. Here, then, is my response to seven of the most common objections to Christian Classical education put forward by mainstream educational pundits.
On July 4, in the year 1776, on a bright and sunny but cool Philadelphia day, the newly formed Continental Congress of the North American British Colonies, unanimously adopted a document, originally drafted by Thomas Jefferson and revised by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, famously known as the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph of this document contains perhaps the most famous sentence in American history:
Choosing the right school for your child can be a challenging decision for any parent. There are a multitude of important things to consider from environment to test scores to reputation to facilities etc. But by far the most important criteria involves the quality of teachers. Luke 6:40 succinctly states the mission of a true teacher: “A student, when he is mature, will be like his teacher.”