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THE VALUE OF A CLASSICAL EDUCATION

Keynote Address by Dr. Patrick Lake, 2017 Gala

Dr. Patrick Lake is the chairman of the Classics Department at the Hill School in Pennsylvania. 

I’ve been invited here tonight to talk about the value of a Classically-based, liberal arts education—fitting because ultimately values are what shape an educational curriculum. They are what cause us to make certain choices, to direct our activities to certain ends.

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The Value of a Classical Education, at Classical Prep, and Beyond

Address by Dr. Eleni Manolaraki, USF Classics, at the 2016 Spring Gala

Let me share with you something from my journey into American English as a second language: I have come to dislike the word “interesting;” especially so, when it is preceded by ‘hmmm,’ as in “hmmm...interesting.” 


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"Why" A Liberal Arts Education?

by Headmaster Ben Davis
 
I recall my first teaching assignment.  Full of high-minded ideals and the ambitions of engaging intellectual grandeur, I began my inaugural sixth grade humanities lesson with a simple directive: "Please open your textbook to page one."

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Latecomer: My Somewhat Accidental Discovery of Classical Education

Address by Dr. Daniel Coupland, associate professor of education at Hillsdale College, at Classical Prep's 2015 Winter Gala

"Why read? Because we are given more than we are." - James Schall
When I started my teaching career more than 20 years ago, I had not even heard of the term—classical education. Although some aspects of my own education were traditional—perhaps even classical, I was not classically educated. Indeed, like many of you, I came to learn about classical education after much of my own formal schooling was already over. As you will hear, I discovered classical education partly by accident, but mostly because I was frustrated as a teacher, as a student, and as a future parent.

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Modeling Critical Thinking Skills: Focus on the Research, Not the Hype, Behind Technology in the Classroom

by Anne Corcoran, Founder
 
“Americans had tricked out classrooms with interactive white boards, high-tech projectors, and towers of iPads. However, there was little evidence that these purchases paid off for anyone other than the technology vendors.” - Amanda Ripley, The Smartest Kids in the World (2013)

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Classical Education and the Process of Independent Thought

Address delivered by Dr. Eleni Manolaraki, associate professor of Classics at USF, at Classical Prep's 2014 Back-to-School Night
“The qualifications for self-government in society are not innate.  They are the result of habit and long training.” - Thomas Jefferson
 
I was delighted at the invitation to speak to the Classical Prep community about the value of a Classics education for our children. At the same time, however, I was overwhelmed by the challenge: how could I fit such a rich and meaningful subject into a few minutes?

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Art and Music

by Anne Corcoran, Founder
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” - Albert Einstein

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Jefferson's Library

by Anne Corcoran, Founder
“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books.  You may not appreciate them at first…and then suddenly, on a day which marks an epoch in your life, you see…how the one stands for nothing and the other for literature.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Great Children's Literature

Francis Bacon once said that, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”   Comparing the quality of literature to that of food, one of humanity’s most elemental needs, reminds us that books are the essential nourishment of the mind. 
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