The Tools for a Life of Learning

June 22, 2016By Cheryl Swope

Classical educators seek to teach students how to learn for themselves. We have all heard the proverb: give a man a fish and he eats a meal; teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime. “Students who have mastered language, that is, who have mastered grammar and vocabulary, logical reasoning, and persuasive, eloquent speaking and writing have the necessary tools to study and master any subject… (Perrin 29)

Classical educators acknowledge that education is hard work – for teacher and pupil… However,  joy and labor can live together. The words student and diligence witness to this truth. The Latin definition for Studere means to be eager for or zealous. The Latin word Diligere means to love or delight in…One can see the connection: we are diligent about those things we love whether people, knowledge or skill… (Perrin 33)

Classical educators have always considered character development as a chief goal of education. We are to love God with all our mind, heart, and strength. Classical educators are seeking to help recover the Christian mind and prepare leaders ‘who can take every thought captive for Christ’ and shape and lead the cultural institutions of our society.” (Perrin 38, 39)

Swope, Cheryl. Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child. Memoria Press, 2013.


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