No Virtue–No Student: Why We Must Recover the Cultivation of Virtue as the Chief Aim of Education

Workshop Speaker: Dr. Christopher Perrin

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About This Workshop

The word “virtue” is commonly misunderstood today, and yet it was traditionally considered the great aim of education–to help cultivate human beings who possess moral, intellectual, and spiritual capacities that befit a fully-formed man or woman. The traditional virtues resulting from education included justice, courage, temperance, and prudence (the cardinal virtues) but also faith, hope, and love (the theological virtues). They also included the academic virtues of constancy, humility, zeal, patience, and passion for truth. Can you imagine what it would be like if our educational enterprise resulted in these qualities or “virtues”? Would such a student learn well? Yes! What would it be like to teach such a student? Wonderful! In this seminar, we will survey the virtue tradition of education and describe why it is vital and central to education and discuss the ways we can recover its cultivation as our highest aim as homeschooling parents.

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