How does a Classical Christian approach to education compare to others? The chart below gives some specific examples of possible differences.

CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN

  • Christ – centered education
  • Original documents based
  • Education for formation
  • Development of critical thinking – “Why?”
  • Emphasis on the true, good and beautiful
  • Integrated interdisciplinary learning
  • Appreciation of western civilization
  • Latin taught as a core requirement
  • Humanities and fine arts emphasis
  • Requires the student to learn how to learn
  • Mastery as working to one’s fullest potential
  • Lifelong love of learning as the ultimate goal
  • Truth is objective, knowable and absolute
  • Parents as primary educators

MODERN EDUCATION

  • Man- centered education
  • Textbook based
  • Education for information
  • Development of correct procedures –“How?”
  • Emphasis on politically correct
  • Fragmented and disjointed learning
  • Critique of western civilization
  • Latin as an elective
  • Techno-rational emphasis
  • Requires the student to learn how to pass tests
  • Mastery as measured by test grades
  • Graduation as the ultimate goal
  • Self-actualization, personal peace and affluence
  • Teachers as primary educators