Are your children receiving a Classic Education?
About 2 years ago, I heard the term classic education for the first time. I was not sure what a classic education was, but at the time my children attended a public school I was sure they were not getting a classic education. I also knew that something was missing from their education. I wanted to know more what a classic education was.
I found that teaching format for reading, writing and math seemed all backwards in a public school, even when my children were in kindergarten. Why would you encourage them to write stories and spell the words all wrong? Why would math problems be solved by drawing pictures in ways that I called “advanced counting on your fingers” but not teaching the math facts which would allow my children to eventually complete advanced math like algebra and geometry. One year I wondered why the teachers were teaching “spelling their way”, isn’t there only one way to spell correctly? No spelling tests?
As I looked at what my children were learning in school, I knew that something was not right. This education was not the education I received. As I found out more about classic education, I realized it was a classic education my children were missing. I was taught a classic education. Math, english, science, history and Bible were core subjects every year. We also had music, fine arts, drama, computer, typing (now called keyboarding) and learned many of the basic skills you need to be successful in every generation.
When my children did not attend a school with a solid foundation and classic education subjects and principles, I constantly questioned teachers and administrators. I supplemented their school teaching at home with math facts and american history and science (key subjects they were not receiving in school).
This year, my children attend a new school. The new school provides basic teaching in a traditional classic education model. I see they are thriving in this school and I am more confident they are receiving the right instruction to help them with life long learning. I supplement their class materials sometimes, but it’s not needed anymore since the school teaches the right materials.
I will continue my study of classic education and enhance my own learning as well as my children’s. A classic education provides the needed skills to thrive in the 21st century because a classic education teaches timeless skills.
If you have the same types of questions I mentioned earlier or if you are concerned about too much teaching to the test or common core, these are questions parents should be raising. And one more, is your child receiving a classic education? If not, why not?