What is the “Classical education” difference?

What is the “Classical education” difference?

Where did Classical education come from?

“Classical education” is actually a modern term used to describe what was once simply called education.  The term was birthed out of modern day educators asking what type of education those from past generations received that created the type of faith, character, integrity, thinking ability, speaking ability, and skills that produced great leaders and individuals.  The driving passion has always been to give our children the very best education and upbringing that we possibly can.   The revival of classical Christian education is fluid; it’s always growing and maturing as a form of education.  Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It’s a long tradition of education that has emphasized seeking the truth, goodness, beauty, and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. What are the liberal arts? They are grammar, logic, rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium), arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the mathematical arts of the quadrivium). This approach to education also includes the study of Latin.  The classical approach teaches students how to learn, how to think, and come up with their own thoughts and arguments vs. regurgitating what they are told.

What makes Classical education so effective?

The approach is successful largely because of its approach to how and when students are taught. Regardless of their learning style, children learn in three phases or stages (grammar, logic or dialectic, and rhetoric), known as the trivium. In the grammar stage (K–5), students are naturally adept at memorizing through songs, chants, and rhymes. If you can get children in this stage to sing or chant something, they will remember it for a lifetime. In the dialectic or logic stage (grades 6–9), teen aged students are naturally more argumentative and begin to question authority and facts. They want to know the “why” of something—the logic behind it. During this stage, students learn reasoning, informal and formal logic, and how to argue with wisdom and eloquence. The rhetoric stage (grades 9–12) is naturally when students become independent thinkers and communicators. They study and practice rhetoric, which is the art of persuasive speaking and effective writing that pleases and delights the listener. Again, it’s this approach to teaching students based on their developmental stage that makes this approach so very effective, and this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical education never really disappeared, but it did diminish starting around 1900 with the advent of “progressive education”. In an effort to restore this most proven form of education, the K–12 liberal arts tradition has been renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years. More than 500 classical schools have started during that time, and tens of thousands of homeschooling families are educating with the classical approach.

To understand how we express a Classical Christian education at Fortis Academy, it’s helpful to understand the primary objectives:

  • Christian faith
  • Critical thinking ability
  • Character development
  • Ability to communicate and persuade through writing and oratory
  • Proficiency in a wide area of subjects
  • Ability to be self-learning (understanding of the grammar, logic and rhetoric of any body of knowledge)
  • To engage in the great conversation

All of the Classical methods are important and valuable, but we need to be very intentional on how we implement them to make sure that we are always meeting our objectives. These methods include but are not limited to:

  • Phonics based reading and writing instruction.
  • Narration
  • Dictation and copy work
  • Memory Work
  • Mastery and usage (as opposed to cyclical/repetition)
  • Facilitated discussion and Socratic dialogue
  • Lecture
  • Writing
  • Oratory

We also have to keep in mind that there is a difference between mastering a body of knowledge and developing skills.  Reading, writing and arithmetic are skills as are critical thinking and oration.  These skills are of primary importance throughout the whole education of our children. Specialization in a body of knowledge is secondary.  For example, reading, writing , oration, critical thinking and Socratic dialogue skills can be developed in a history or literature class equally.   One of the unique elements of a Classical Christian education is an emphasis on Christian thinking, faith, and character in all of our classes.  This is the emphasis of Fortis Academy, to use Classical methods with Christian faith and principles weaved together to achieve a Classical Christian education that prepares your students for life, both spiritually and academically.

Electives Registration

Electives Registration

Fortis Academy has excellent electives that are open to Fortis Academy and home-school students. Our goal at Fortis is to develop a love for God, for learning and a love of virtue in our Children. Contact us and discover how Fortis Academy can help you give a high quality Christian education to your children.

Electives Schedule and current openings:

Grammar School Non-Core Electives (K-5th Grade)

Friday: Music, Art, Drama, Spanish

Monday: Art

Upper School Non-Core Electives (6th-12th Grade)

Friday: Drama and Computer Programming (3pm)

The Grammar school Friday elective bundle is $1000 for all electives for the year. All other electives are $550 each for the year, $350 each for two or more electives for the year, or $300 each for a single semester.  You also have the option to include it in the FACTS system as part of a payment plan.

Electives Registration form:

Flag Football and Volleyball Sign ups are going on now!

Flag Football and Volleyball Sign ups are going on now!

It’s time for volleyball and football signs up at Fortis Academy.  We are opening up our flag football and volleyball teams this year to Fortis Academy students and home-school students that would like to compete.  This year we are fielding teams for volleyball and flag football 5th – 8th grade.  Please fill out the contact form below and select the sport(s) you want to receive information on and a Fortis Academy representative will call you directly.  Cost for each sport is $250 and both seasons are from August to October with after school practices and games during the week.

 

Volleyball/Football Sign Up Form

Fortis Snow Cone Social

Fortis Snow Cone Social

On August 4th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Fortis Academy will be hosting our Fall Snow Cone Social to welcome in the new school year.  Students and parents will be able to meet their teacher and we’ll have volleyball, basketball, 4 square, and good social time for kids and families.

All Parent Co-Teacher Training

All Parent Co-Teacher Training

On August 1st and 3rd from 9am to 3pm, Fortis Academy will be hosting their Co-Teacher training for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year at the church.  All parents are welcome to join as we discuss the new curriculum for the year and answer any questions you have about parent responsibilities, general questions about school process, and using the homework blog and website.  If you have any questions about the training please email: registrar@fortisacademy.net

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