There are various definitions of classical education, and at Calvary Christian this term implies a Liberal Arts Education. We use the pedagogical approach of classical education as a means of training in discernment. For the Christian, this is a key component to equipping Christians for faithful living.
The Liberal Arts are composed of the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium includes grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These are the "3 paths" of learning. Grammar introduces concrete concepts, logic is where students use the knowledge of grammar to come to conclusions, and rhetoric is the copious outpouring of what a student has learned. The Quadrivium includes arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. The Quadrivium moves from the concrete understanding of numbers, to numbers in space (geometry), to numbers in time (music), to numbers in space and time (astronomy). The combination of these seven liberal arts equips students in language and numberness. Both are quintessential for learning and communication.
The Trivium is foundational to classical education. Students study a particular subject and move from concrete and foundational information to the philosophical. This is an education that goes a mile deep and an inch wide, rather than shallow education. As C.S. Lewis stated, education is about formation not information. Through the Trivium, we are equipping lifelong learners who can discern good from evil.
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