Thursday, February 15, 2007

Catholic Exchange: Classical Education

The new column is up at Catholic Exchange. This week's topic is on The Lost Tools of Learning and how it applies to the Rhetoric Stage (high school).
The "lost tools" Miss Sayers spoke of in her speech were the tools of a classical education. A classical education is based on the Trivium, which is made up of three stages.

The Grammar Stage (ages eight to eleven) builds a foundation by memorizing facts. The Dialectic, sometimes referred to as the Logic Stage (ages twelve to fourteen) develops analytical skills in students. Finally, the Rhetoric Stage (ages fourteen to sixteen) pulls the first two stages together and teaches students the art of articulation.

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