A Brief History of Liberal Education
- Tuition-free charter school
- Located in Pasco County, Florida
- Based upon a classical/liberal arts model
- Founded by Anne Corcoran, a local parent
- Currently serving 550 scholars in grades PK-10th, adding a grade level each year until PK-12th
- Expanding to serve 800+ scholars in grades PreK-11th for the 2017-2018 school year
- Opened in 2014-2015
- School Grade: A
Originating with Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, liberal education is based on the understanding that democracy requires scholars purposefully trained to be wise and virtuous citizens. Vocational education, which had been the primary mode of education prior to the advent of classical training, was found to be inadequate to prepare students to make the difficult professional, personal, and political decisions that self-government required.
Liberal education grew and flourished over time, forming the basis for the first public school in America, Boston Latin. Five of the signers of the Declaration of Independence attended Boston Latin, and most of the remaining signers also received a classical-liberal education.
With the rise of progressive education in the last 50 years, however, classical education almost disappeared; in fact, most people today are not even aware that another model of education ever existed. Recently, though, the challenges of the digital age have illustrated that classical education is more relevant than ever. A career-centered education can never teach students how to think; by its very design, it only teaches them what to do. As a result – through magnet, charter, and private schools -- classical/liberal arts education is again beginning to flourish, offering to a new generation the education that has been uniquely successful in producing innovators, thinkers, and leaders.