Earlier this week, I presented a brief definition and defense of a classical education. Next I would like to provide another review of why to provide a classical education to your children.
Classical Education under Attack
So many homeschoolers are bombarded for a variety of reasons—”How do you know you’re not ruining your children?” “What are your qualifications to teach?” “What about socialization?” And, for many who choose a classical curriculum, “Why would you study that outdated nonsense? Isn’t Latin a dead language?” Oh, what fun! As I mentioned last time, sometimes these attacks even come from fellow homeschoolers, who level accusations of teaching paganism!
Support of a Classical Education from Diverse Sources
There are many proponents for a classical education, particularly in traditional, conservative circles (more on this in a future article). Sometimes, however, it can be quite refreshing to find support for an unpopular, but correct, position from less obvious sources.
On June 7, 2010, the New York Times published an opinion piece titled “A Classical Education: Back to the Future” by Stanley Fish, then professor of humanities and law at Florida International University. This article examines three very diverse points of view on what is wrong with modern education and trumpeting the value of a classical education.
You can read the article here: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/a-classical-education-back-to-the-future/.