Two Underestimated Factors in Schooling (Part Two)

Yesterday I started this two part series on what I believe are the two most underestimated factors in schooling. The first factor concerns the economic model of schools and the second factor – the education of parents. If you haven’t read part one, please do so first before reading on.

Schools must take parent education seriously. I believe that as teachers our influence can be dramatically hindered by what parents do and don’t do at home. I also believe lack of parent education and buy-in is one of the leading factors in school attrition. Parents may come to your school generally educated. However, they must be “educated” in the vision, mission, purpose, and definitions of your school.

Parent education begins at “open house”, throughout the admissions process, and should continue throughout the course of their student’s career at the school. We should provide much training through “Parent Academies” and other educational opportunities and explicitly require participation in those opportunities. Swim teams, soccer leagues, and clubs require mandatory parent meetings and parents oblige. How much more important is their understanding of the Christian and classical model in which their child is participating?

Kopff Defends Classical Educaton

My good friend Christian Kopf has written another tour de force defending a classical education. Take a look HERE.

The inability of our leaders to think soundly and speak persuasively affects all of us, because their decisions affect all of us. Leaders of a regime based on consensual institutions need the full panoply of verbal ability…

In Real Education, Charles Murray sees the direct connection between “correct understanding of the meaning of individual words,” grammar and syntax, “mastery of the rules of reasoning” and finally “understanding the principles of rhetoric.” This connected and coherent verbal curriculum is the late ancient and medieval trivium—grammar, logic and rhetoric—that survived in the Humanist curriculum that was then developed by the Reformers for Protestant countries and by the Jesuits in Catholic lands. (The quadrivium includes the non-verbal arts of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music.)

It is the curriculum that created the modern world. It has been revived and is fundamental for contemporary Classical educators. They know a lesson that was accepted for centuries and is now ignored at enormous academic cost. Grammar is fundamental for other important intellectual activities.