What is Classical Education?

What is Classical Education? is part of this year’s Classical Homeschooling track (sponsored by Medi-Share).

The term “classical education” has become a buzzword in many education circles, but few of those who use it can define it. Of those who can, some consider it merely an educational “method,” others that it has something to do with the study of the Great Books. But the term has a historical definition that was universally accepted until the late 20th century.

  • What is classical education and how does it differ from the two rival philosophies of education that came to prominence in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?
  • What was the purpose of classical education before it was replaced in schools and how can these ideas inform today’s education?