A Classical Education
I am away at a conference for a few days. So I'll be posting some links for your reading pleasure elsewhere.
This is an excellent article by Stanley Fish in the New York Times about the value of a classical education - not only his opinion but what he reads in three new books in praise of an education steeped in the humanities, the stuff of what is still known as "a liberal arts education" that is rapidly becoming seen as obsolete or not child centered or too much about rote memorization and the reading of moldy classics. Fish and others opine that this kind of education, rather than being out of style and old fashioned, is what our country desperately needs now - an education that teaches young people how to think, to reason, to converse with others in other languages and to understand the "grammar" of all subjects. Read it here.