Classical Education Redivivus

Shaking Off the State

No one really owns the copyright to the word classical.  Even in the realm of education, many are pursuing distinct objectives, and all with a legitimate claim to that word.  From neoclassicists to Thomists to classical Protestants, the word readily fits.  So, in discussing the state of classical and Christian education, I need to take care that I not act as though I have discovered the body of Moses.  One of the glories of language is the fact that one word can bear a multitude of meanings.  The downside of this glory is that things can get into a frightful muddle if you do not define what you are actually talking about.

My interest here is in the resurgence of classical and Christian education within the Protestant evangelical world—and it has been quite a resurgence.  The major organization that typifies this is the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), which is only about ten years old.  The ACCS now has about 140 member schools in about 40 states.  Foreign countries represented include Nigeria, Cambodia, Peru, New Zealand, France, and Canada.  The last ACCS national conference brought over 700 educators from around the country, and there are approximately 32,000 children being educated in member schools.  Member schools sponsor teacher-training conferences around the country in the summer, and the one college in the association has begun to send...

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