"Lord, have mercy on me the sinner." The PublicanBack in the 90's I used to hear people ask how we will prevent classically educated students from becoming proud. That was a good question, because knowledge puffs up and we put a lot of emphasis on knowledge. I hear the question less now, but I still think about it a lot, if only because I see so much pride in myself. Growing up moderately poor, I remember thinking that money made people bad too. And of course we've all heard Lord Acton's misleading proverb: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
"The history of the world is but the biography of great men,"Or did Herbert Spencer get it right with his more scientic approach:
As the sciences became more systematized, many prominent men began to insist upon their inclusion in the curriculum, and, in reply to the disciplinary argument of the conservative classicists, they urged that emphasis in education should be upon subject matter. Frank Graves, A History of Education in Modern Times, 1914
In the last post I discussed that idea that the decisions made by leaders and teachers in homes and schools should be purposeful ones. The idea is to have a framework in mind that provides a hierarchy of principles to prioritize certain ideas and decisions over others. Only then can we order our thoughts within the sphere of influence (homes for homeschoolers, schools for some, etc.) that we educate.
I received an e-mail today asking about standardized tests, and this was my response. I'm interested to hear what others have to say on this matter.
You are asking the right question and here are a few attempts by me to justify the standardized tests:
I believe that as a result of his visit and teaching, Veritas faculty are more prepared to offer a truly classical and Biblical education. It is also a catalyst for our curriculum review and documentation. Andrew helped us to see how the philosophical underpinnings and theory of what we do is amazingly practical.