Classical Education 101
These are the primers on classical Christian education in our day.
- The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson – a standard explanation and defense of classical and Christian education
- Repairing the Ruins edited by Douglas Wilson – essays exposing the problems of modern, government education, and offers some practical advice for getting into classical and Christian education
- On Secular Education by R. L. Dabney – written over a century ago; exposes the inevitable problems with secularizing education
- Wisdom and Eloquence by Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans – a helpful description of classical and Christian education
- The Well-Trained Mind by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise-Bauer – This book has done more than any other in bringing an achievable form of classical education to the homeschool.
- “The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers – an excellent essay applying stages of development to the liberal arts
- “The Greatest Single Defect of My Own Latin Education” by Dorothy Sayers – explains why Latin is often so difficult for modern students
The following books are important because of what they teach us about the nature of classical education. Several of them are not written from a Christian perspective, and consequently tend to glorify classical civilization. They are all, however, full of helpful information.
- Norms and Nobility by David Hicks - a weighty defense of true liberal arts education
- Climbing Parnassus by Tracy Lee Simmons - a defense of teaching Latin and Greek
- Who Killed Homer? by Victor Hanson and John Heath - helpfully explains the demise of classical studies
- Johann Sturm on Education - Here is a clear picture of Protestant Classical Education dating back to the beginning of the Reformation. You will find that things have changed remarkably. There is, however, much that we should preserve.
- The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis - Lewis describes–as only he can–what happens when education is divorced from values and absolutes.