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Douglas Wilson , Wes Callihan , Douglas Jones
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June 1 2001
As the trend toward a classical and Christian education increases, many parents are seeking ways to develop such an approach in their home schools. This booklet introduces the topic of classical and Christian education with an overview of the Trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) as used in a biblical context.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, can't go wrong Sept. 29 2000
Format:Paperback
The author provides a good background and justification for returning to the classical approach of teaching children. The reading lists are fairly good except for the suspicious inclusion of a number of texts written by the author. I felt that the chapter concerning centering your children's education around Christ sounded very emotionally charged which greatly contrasted the author's previous chapter on logic and argumentation. I don't disagree that the education of Christian children should be centered about Christ. I do think the author should have used the logical method of argumentation described in the previous chapters to argue his point rather than lapse into emotionally charged religious rhetoric that he (and Plato) disapproved of at the beginning of his text. The most overriding lesson I learned from this text, though, is one which more homeschooling and classical education advocates must learn and teach: providing your child with a education better than that which you were provided requires that you first obtain the education with which you are attempting to endow your children. For this reason (and that teensy little price up there) I highly recommend this book to anyone who is frustrated with the quality of public education in America whether or not you are considering homeschooling your child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction - from a Christian perspective Oct. 1 2002
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This little book is an excellent introduction to the methods of Classical education, especially as it pertains to a Christian worldview. It is a quick and easy read, and (best of all) inexpensive.
I do have a few critisms. [1] The authors tend to get off point a few times (we don't need a primer on Latin grammar in a book like this) [2] The bibliography tends to stay "in the family" of the contributing authors and lastly [3] I would expect superior writing style from promoters of Classical education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for Home Educators March 13 2000
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This outstanding booklet explains what classical education is and how to implement it in the home school. The author describes the ancient medeival model of the trivium (the three stages of learning: grammer, dialectic and rhetoric) and urges a return to this time tested method of education in a reformed Christian context. Included are recommended reading lists. I consider this booklet essential reading for home educators.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start... Sept. 2 2011
By D Glover TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a good introduction to the concept of Classical Christian Education. The authors discuss the trivium and give brief but satisfactory explanations about what each stage is (Grammar, Dialectic/Logic, and Rhetoric). For an introduction this brief, it does tend to go into too much detail in some areas (Latin grammar, logical argumentation, etc.) where footnotes and recommendations for further reading would have served better. Also, the Homeschool part of the title is a tad misleading as there is very little discussion about the practical application or functioning of this type of education in the home setting. This was noticably lacking and again, it would have served the purpose well to recommend some reasources that are focussed specifically toward that end. It should be noted however, that at the time the booklet was first written, there was very little material on classical christian education in the homeschool setting to recommend. All the more reason why the authors could have done a very valuable service in creating just that sort of book. However, misleading title notwithstanding, this is a helpful introduction to the concept of classical and Christian education for those who are curious, and it also serves as a helpful reminder to parents that in order to be doing a good job of teaching, they themselves must be reading and learning. [In the years since it's publication, Leigh Bortins has started a very helpful organization called Classical Conversations, specifically to provide support, resources and material for classical Christian homeschoolers. A helpful and encouraging book is The Core The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education.]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction - from a Christian perspective Oct. 1 2002
By Christopher Bennage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This little book is an excellent introduction to the methods of Classical education, especially as it pertains to a Christian worldview. It is a quick and easy read, and (best of all) inexpensive.
I do have a few critisms. [1] The authors tend to get off point a few times (we don't need a primer on Latin grammar in a book like this) [2] The bibliography tends to stay "in the family" of the contributing authors and lastly [3] I would expect superior writing style from promoters of Classical education.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for Home Educators March 13 2000
By Mona Maynard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This outstanding booklet explains what classical education is and how to implement it in the home school. The author describes the ancient medeival model of the trivium (the three stages of learning: grammer, dialectic and rhetoric) and urges a return to this time tested method of education in a reformed Christian context. Included are recommended reading lists. I consider this booklet essential reading for home educators.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, can't go wrong Sept. 29 2000
By Dissatisfied - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author provides a good background and justification for returning to the classical approach of teaching children. The reading lists are fairly good except for the suspicious inclusion of a number of texts written by the author. I felt that the chapter concerning centering your children's education around Christ sounded very emotionally charged which greatly contrasted the author's previous chapter on logic and argumentation. I don't disagree that the education of Christian children should be centered about Christ. I do think the author should have used the logical method of argumentation described in the previous chapters to argue his point rather than lapse into emotionally charged religious rhetoric that he (and Plato) disapproved of at the beginning of his text. The most overriding lesson I learned from this text, though, is one which more homeschooling and classical education advocates must learn and teach: providing your child with a education better than that which you were provided requires that you first obtain the education with which you are attempting to endow your children. For this reason (and that teensy little price up there) I highly recommend this book to anyone who is frustrated with the quality of public education in America whether or not you are considering homeschooling your child.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Anti-Catholic July 22 2011
By Cathie Baier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
According to the authors, Catholics are not capable of giving their children a Classical Education because they are unbiblical and Thomists. The Catholic church not only built Western Civilization, it preserved all things Classical and through the monasteries carried forth education as well as the Classics from the Ancients.

The book is not as well written as I would have expected from someone purporting a strong Classical education. And, there seemed to be a big disconnect between chapters. The authors obviously divvied up the chapters because there isn't a consistent feel between them, especially between Chapters 5 and 6 versus Chapter 7. The editors should have caught this.

People buying the book should be aware it is anti-Catholic. I have not ever given a 1 star review to a book before. Had I known how biased this book was, I would not have wasted the money. I wanted to let others considering this understand the bias of this book, not evident in either the title or description.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Packed Little "Pamphlet!" Feb. 22 2002
By Fedwife1989 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While a small "book", it is power packed. It addresses everything from your worldview to getting started in the process of "re" educating yourself in preparation for homeschooling using the classical method. If you are considering whether or not you want to use the method or want to get your method on track, this book is perfect. Personally, I was actually exhorted in a few areas-just what I needed! Well worth the small price!
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