Interesting article on the trivium. If I only spent as much time understanding the trivium as I did fakeology…
When I was first introduced to the concept of the liberal arts and its revival called the Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy), I thought to myself – at last, the keys to understanding the spelling and illicit word magic that so continuously are used against us. I […]
There really are no new ideas. Views swing back and forth, like a pendulum. We’ve bread a whole new generation of children who won’t take risks. Essentially, we have a whole wave of the population that could be government workers. There will be no inventors, or people willing to take risks. Society will stagnate. Perhaps that’s what’s happening now in the West.
Until we let our children fall out of a tree, they will never learn their limits. That’s sad.
It had been mere months since the gregarious principal threw out the rulebook on the playground of concrete and mud, dotted with tall trees and hidden corners; just weeks since he had stopped reprimanding students who whipped around on their scooters or wielded sticks in play sword fights.
I’m sure they teach the trivium and quadrivium as well.
The boarding schools on this list are highly selective schools with many more applicants than places for students. The acceptance rates are 25% or less. The schools are listed in alphabetical order. I have made no attempt to rank these schools as each one is unique. You need to assess schools on the basis of how they fit your requirements. The best school is always the school which fits best.
It’s nothing like what the masses are taught.
Fact: “Elites” Receive a Very Different Type of Schooling You and I Do – One might even say that elites such as Bill Gates, Mitt Romney, The Kennedys, etc. get an “education” while we just get “schooling.” Here are the main goals of elite boarding school education (that you likely have never heard of):
The child must develop his own theory of human nature (by studying history, philosophy and law).
Mastery of the ‘Active Literacies:” writing and public speaking (so the child can attract allies as he goes through life).
Deep practice of the forms of politeness and good manners.
Independent work. (The student actually directs his own course of study based on his own interests at his own pace. In elite boarding schools, at least 80% of the child’s time is totally his own to use as he chooses to further his own education.)
Compulsory participation in energetic sports as a way to develop human grace.
Develop a theory of access to any person, organization or high office.
Always accept responsibility when it is offered and always deliver more than is promised.
Arrive at a personal code of standards: standards of production, standards of behavior, standards of morality.
Thorough understanding of the major institutional forms (courts, corporations, military, etc.)
Thorough understanding of the major works of art and a general ease around the arts.
Develop strong powers of observation and record keeping.
Develop an ability to handle challenges of all sorts.
I listened to this audio – twice. Now I’m listening to the analysis roundtable, which I’ll post next.
Would anyone like to listen and comment on this fantastic expose on the education system on my radio broadcast? It would be a great way to practice your active literacy.
Fascinating videos on the future of education. Is this deliberate or such a reckless ship lurching around for a port?
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.