Chandigarh, India (PressExposure) July 13, 2008 -- Someone who believes that an education system that was instituted over two thousand years ago can be thrown out within a single generation has ignored the fact that time is the best testing ground when it comes to understanding human behavior.
50 years: That's all it took for educators and lawmakers to throw away an educational system that took more than 2,000 years to age to perfection.
Ancient Greece and Rome first developed classical education, and by the 16th century it was the norm throughout the Western world.
This educational system produced some of the finest thinkers and leaders between the 10th and 19th centuries. Most of the Founding Fathers of America were educated with this system.
Can you think of any other time period where there was more progress in science, philosophy, art, and literature?
For real meaning in learning to occur, more than just fact needs to be taught. True education occurs when a learner is able to develop thinking and articulate their ideas through clear argument and persuasion.
Classical education provides the best tools for developing a child's mind. Truly no wonder that so many classical education schools are turning up all over the country.
Order and discipline, the arts, and rigorous academic standards are all hallmarks of classic education, which are fading away in other forms of education.
Education's most important task is teaching students how to learn. Really, truly learn. But performance-based learning and "progressive" teaching methods make it hard for students to learn the mental tools they need, which they would have received through traditional methods.
Concrete facts, language, and logic are the foundation skills for independent learning in classical education. It's obvious what classical education can do for students when they're able to apply their knowledge through clear expression, logic, and reason.
Classical education goes beyond the facts that need to be learned. This teaching method helps children develop the skills that essential in higher education and in daily life.
Some of these skills include independent learning, critical thinking, logical analysis, and