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1 A Classical Lutheran Education For Your Child: © 2009 James Tallmon, Ph.D.

2 What is it?

3 What is it? and

4 What is it? and Why does it matter?

5 Three divisions of education in Athens

6 Industrial Arts

7 Three divisions of education in Athens Industrial Arts Productive Arts

8 Three divisions of education in Athens Industrial Arts Productive Arts Liberal Arts

9 Three divisions of education in Athens Industrial Arts Productive Arts... are education for slaves Industrial Arts Productive Arts... are education for slaves

10 Three divisions of education in Athens Liberal Arts... education for freedom (artes liberales) Liberal Arts... education for freedom (artes liberales)

11 The Question at the Heart of Liberal Education:

12 What knowledge must one have to be fully human? What knowledge must one have to be fully human?

13 The Question at the Heart of Liberal Education: What knowledge must one have to be fully human? -or- What knowledge must one have to be fully human? -or-

14 The Question at the Heart of Liberal Education: What knowledge must one have to be fully human? -or- What is the knowledge most worth having? What knowledge must one have to be fully human? -or- What is the knowledge most worth having?

15 It s about It s about

16 It s about Excellence! * for an elucidation of the Greek conception of excellence, see The Rhetoric Ring Overview page It s about Excellence! * for an elucidation of the Greek conception of excellence, see The Rhetoric Ring Overview page

17 John Henry Cardinal Newman

18 the man who has learned to think and to reason and to compare and to discriminate and to analyze, who has refined his taste, and formed his judgment, and sharpened his mental vision, will not indeed at once be a lawyer, or a pleader, or an orator, or a statesman, or a physician,... but he will be placed in that state of intellect in which he can take up any one of the sciences or callings I have referred to, or any other for which he has a taste or special talent, with an ease, a grace, a versatility, and a success, to which another is a stranger....

19 John Henry Cardinal Newman I say that a cultivated intellect, because it is a good in itself, brings with it a power and a grace to every work and occupation which it undertakes, and enables us to be more useful, and to a greater number (The Idea of the University. U Notre Dame Press,1982, pp. 124 & 6).

20 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts

21 Trivium

22 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium

23 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium Grammar TriviumQuadrivium Grammar

24 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium Grammar Dialectic TriviumQuadrivium Grammar Dialectic

25 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium Grammar Dialectic Rhetoric TriviumQuadrivium Grammar Dialectic Rhetoric

26 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy Dialectic Rhetoric TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy Dialectic Rhetoric

27 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy DialecticGeometry Rhetoric TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy DialecticGeometry Rhetoric

28 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy DialecticGeometry RhetoricArithmetic TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy DialecticGeometry RhetoricArithmetic

29 The Seven Classical Liberal Arts TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy DialecticGeometry RhetoricArithmetic Music * Please see the Rhetoric Ring s Rhetoric in the Classical Liberal Arts page and study Dorothy L. Sayers The Lost Tools of Learning (linked there) TriviumQuadrivium GrammarAstronomy DialecticGeometry RhetoricArithmetic Music * Please see the Rhetoric Ring s Rhetoric in the Classical Liberal Arts page and study Dorothy L. Sayers The Lost Tools of Learning (linked there)

30 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education ?

31 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran?

32 It entails, essentially, a traditional, Christian liberal arts curriculum.

33 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? The big difference is in the theological orientation of the teacher and how the principal approaches discipline.

34 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Moralism, Mysticism, Rationalism Moralism, Mysticism, Rationalism

35 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Moralism, Mysticism, Rationalism (The Lutheran perspective beautifully blends the three.) TheSpirituality of the Cross * This section draws on Gene Edward Veiths The Spirituality of the Cross, pp Moralism, Mysticism, Rationalism (The Lutheran perspective beautifully blends the three.) TheSpirituality of the Cross * This section draws on Gene Edward Veiths The Spirituality of the Cross, pp

36 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Theology of the Cross

37 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel

38 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology

39 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Catechesis Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Catechesis

40 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Catechesis Vocation Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Catechesis Vocation

41 What makes a Lutheran Classical Education Lutheran? Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Catechesis Vocation Two Kingdoms Theology of the Cross Law and Gospel Christology Catechesis Vocation Two Kingdoms

42 Why Classical?

43 Luther didnt prescribe just any old kind of education. Luther was adamant that churches support parish schools, and he prescribed a classical education for Christian scholars! * Please study Rev. John Hills Luther on Education at ccle.org and Rev. Joel Brondos No Greater Treasure Luther didnt prescribe just any old kind of education. Luther was adamant that churches support parish schools, and he prescribed a classical education for Christian scholars! * Please study Rev. John Hills Luther on Education at ccle.org and Rev. Joel Brondos No Greater Treasure

44 Why Classical? Luther didnt prescribe just any old kind of education. Why? Luther didnt prescribe just any old kind of education. Why?

45 Why Classical? Progressive vs. Classical Progressive education prepares one to take a place in the anthill, for existence within mass, con- sumerist society. Progressivism was formulated to subvert the authority of religious institutions and replace it with statist solutions to societal needs and ills as determined by social engineers. Progressive vs. Classical Progressive education prepares one to take a place in the anthill, for existence within mass, con- sumerist society. Progressivism was formulated to subvert the authority of religious institutions and replace it with statist solutions to societal needs and ills as determined by social engineers.

46 In the final analysis...

47 Progressive education does not form the habits of mind one needs to grasp and defend a sacramental, patristic, and confessional faith. (This is to say nothing of postmodern education...) Progressive education does not form the habits of mind one needs to grasp and defend a sacramental, patristic, and confessional faith. (This is to say nothing of postmodern education...)

48 In other words...

49 Our childrens souls are at stake.

50 © 2009 James M. Tallmon, Ph.D.


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