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What is the purpose of a classical education?

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4 Jan 2021

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Introduction

Looking for a modern education model that equally focuses on history, literature, and grammar? Opt for classical education to improve the moral as well as the academic performance of your students.

Read to know how it can accelerate a child’s learning process and how you can adapt it in your classroom.

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What is the Classical Education Movement?

Classical education is an effective teaching model that emphasizes history, arts, literature, and languages in a modern educational framework. It is a three-step process to educate young minds from an early age.

Progressing from elementary school to middle and later high school, this education model incorporates and advances concepts of grammar, history, and language over time. Therefore, it gradually lays a solid foundation for higher studies. In the initial years of school, the classical approach promotes natural learning through songs, rhymes, etc.

Classical Education-Primary students in geography class

Later, it is incorporated through quizzes, activities, and interesting lectures. This education model develops young minds effectively, regardless of their learning styles.

So, classical education is a progressive model of education where learning happens naturally and enhances the cognitive development of students bit by bit. It is idea-focused inclusive teaching that lays a strong emphasis on ethics and develops logical thinking in students.


Why is Classical Education Important?

Classical education dates back to the late 18th Century and has been existent ever since. What has kept this spectacular education model alive is the benefits it offers. Classical education is important to be integrated into modern education curriculum as it:

  • Teaches students to absorb facts from a young age
  • Makes memorization more fun
  • Encourages students to be more curious about things around them
  • Empowers them to pursue their interests
  • Gives equal importance to arts, philosophy, history, etc. allowing students to have more career options
  • Revives the lost subjects and fields of studies in the current education patterns
  • Promotes deep and ethical learning
  • Develops critical thinking
  • Improves communication skills
  • Helps students get better decision-making skills
  • Fosters a love for learning in students

What are the 3 aspects of Classical Education learning model?

The classical learning model is imparted in three phases viz. primary, secondary, and tertiary.

  • The Primary Education model focuses on Kindergarteners to 4th Grade students focusing on teaching them how to learn.
  • The Secondary Education model advances the basic knowledge and brings in more complex concepts for 5th to 8th graders.
  • Lastly, the Tertiary Education model focuses on 9th to 12th graders by incorporating all the knowledge and introducing advanced learning material required for professional studies.

To make learning more effective and reap the advantages of classical education at its best, it is important to integrate it from Elementary School. Thus, focusing on the Primary Education model and implementing it perfectly is more important than the other two models.

The Classical Education model is imparted in three main phases:

Grammar

The Grammar Stage builds learning blocks for fluent use of the main language. In the initial years, grammar is incorporated through digitized learning materials, activities, rhymes, etc. The Grammar stage incorporates reading as well as writing to introduce preschoolers and kindergarteners to the concepts of language.

Smiling teacher explaining english grammar with blackboard background

It helps students pronounce new words, learn about rhyming, form their vocabulary, understand phonics, and practice the art of writing. The grammar phase is associated with learning new words and knowing everything about it associated with the subject. Not just language, students learn about the major words in Science, Maths, History, etc.

Logic

Logic stage is also known as the Dialectic Stage, students learn to construct sentences, sort and compare the information available to them and apply their existing knowledge to be expressive. This phase also introduces them to real-life issues and universal facts. The logic phase encourages the students to apply logic to all their subjects to carefully understand the text.

Kid thinking of logic behind rubik's cube

Fostering logic in young children improves their reasoning skills. This stage hence focuses on junior high or middle schoolers by deeply questioning them about things around them. The logic phase helps students get a better attention span, improved concentration power, and be more curious. Thought-provoking questions are asked through interesting group discussions, debates, etc.

Rhetoric

The Rhetoric phase is an advancement of the grammar and logic stages where students are taught to practice their previous skills, articulate answers, be persuasive, and most importantly, criticize & assess their own work.

Rhetoric or elocution school class.

It helps students be confident, clear, and concise, fluent in their language, and be expressive of how they feel.


What are the modern interpretations of Classical Education?

It is very important to adopt classical education in modern learning to prepare the students for a successful tomorrow.
 
Although prevalent for a long time, classical education is not formally adopted by all schools today. In modern times, the following educational institutions take the classical model of teaching seriously.

Classical Christian Education

Such schools integrate Christian teachings in their students with the consent of parents while fostering child development through grammar, logic, and rhetoric models.

Classical Secular Education

Such schools integrate values of honesty, equality, and secularity without any particular religious opinions. These schools usually focus on educating students about the global environment, human rights, individualism, politics, etc.


Conclusion

This blog talks about how classical education is important to be integrated into modern education curriculum and make learning more effective with its aspects provided above. Also, it tells us about the modern interpretations that will help adopt classical education in modern learning to prepare the students for a successful tomorrow.

The classical education approach is an effective teaching pedagogy to bring together students from different communities, learn together without any external pressure, and be able to pursue their interests.

Considering the focus of Indian parents only on subjects like Science and Math, such a teaching approach is very important to throw light on more career prospects and give students the freedom to study the language or academic principle they want.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is classical education religious?

Classical Christian education is an approach to learning which emphasizes biblical teachings and incorporates a teaching model from the classical education movement known as the Trivium, consisting of three parts: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

What is the classical method of homeschooling?

The classical approach has the worthy overall goal of teaching children to think for themselves. Using the “trivium” model, children move through three main stages of learning: concrete learning (the grammar stage), critical learning (the logic stage), and abstract learning (the rhetoric stage).


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