A classical education is one based in the traditions of western culture. This system is the origin of many of the terms used in modern education, which can be confusing as their meanings have changed over time.
In the Primary phase of a classical education children are taught 3 concepts:
Grammar : which here refers to reading and the mechanical act of writing, and includes instruction in Latin and Greek.
Logic : the science of correct reasoning. The main text used for this is traditionally Aristotle’s Logic and the aim is to teach children how to critically examine and analyse ideas and arguments, so they don’t just accept knowledge but determine if and how it is true, and then look for the links between different bits of knowledge.
Rhetoric : this encompasses the skills of composition and debate, which enable students to communicate their ideas and views, and gives them a mechanism to comment on the ideas and views of others. This stage can only be undertaken once Logic has been mastered.
After these skills have been learnt students then progress to the Secondary phase, which includes 4 subjects
Arithmetic: the study of number as an abstract concept
Geometry: the study of number in space
Music: the study of number in time
Astronomy: the study of number in space and time
Once this phase is complete the student progresses to the Tertiary phase, where they are traditional apprenticed into the field in which they which to work.
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