CC 101: Classical Myth Busters

 

CC 101: Classical Myth Busters

There are many misconceptions about education that you were probably brought up believing. If you buy into the myths, you may keep your child from reaching their potential. The classical method of memorize, sort, and apply (grammar, logic, rhetoric) busts these myths. 

Myth #1:  Schoolwork should be fun, experiential, amusing, and applicable.
Truth: Schoolwork is hard, requires discipline, and becomes fun once the basics are mastered.

Myth #2:  You can use a calculator or the Internet to look things up.
Truth: You need a place to begin to look things up, and you can't trust that your calculator is correct if you don't have a reference number in your brain.

Myth #3:  Students don't need to know English grammar.
Truth: English will soon be one of many languages spoken in America. God may call your student to work for Him among those who don't speak English. Knowing your mother tongue well gives you a firm foundation on which to learn other languages.

Myth #4:  My child will enjoy learning if they are taught using their learning style.
Truth: Children should be taught how to use their learning style to study difficult ideas.

Myth #5:  My child can't do that.
Truth: To be human means to rise above our nature. Our giftedness can be used to strengthen our weaknesses instead of neglecting them.

Myth #6:  My student is going to be a ________(fill in the blank), so they don't need to study this.
Truth: The average person will have multiple careers and will raise children with different interests. Education is for life: for the generations and for God's kingdom.

Myth #7:  My child has already studied that.
Truth: Any subject can be studied over many years if mastering skills is your goal. The more years the same material is studied, the better chance students have at passing AP tests and saving you $1000s in college tuition.

Myth #8:  My child won't listen to me, so he needs a different teacher.
Truth: My child won't listen to me, so we both have some serious character development to work on.

Myth #9:  Each subject should be taught separately by someone who studies only that subject.
Truth: Every subject relates to all other subjects, and a student will learn best when guided by a mentor who sees the relationships between subjects and how they all point to Christ.


From Classical Conversations eNewsletter January 2010.  For more details on classical, Christian education, check out previous issues of this publication or visit the Classical Conversations Web site ClassicalConversations.com for articles and videos that explain the philosophy and the day-to-day implementation.