Can You Prove It? Ed School Research vs. Classical Education

Christian Kopff provides a defense of classical education.

Can classical educators provide education school researchers and administrators with the kind of social science research they say they want to authenticat the value of classical education? This seminar will provide some examples of relevant research, but will go on to develop the idea that the defense of classical education should rest on historical and philosophical arguments and evidence that education schools cannot handle because classical education challenges their fundamental commitment.

Christian Kopff

E. Christian Kopff was educated at St. Paul’s School (Garden City NY), Haverford College and UNC, Chapel Hill (Ph. D., Classics). He has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, since 1973, and most currently as Associate Director of the Honors Program. He has edited a critical edition of the Greek text of Euripides’ Bacchae (Teubner, 1982) and published over 100 articles and reviews on scholarly, pedagogical and popular topics. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he has received research grants from the NEH and CU’s Committee on Research. The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition (ISIBooks, 1999) is widely cited by Classical Christian educators. He translated Josef Pieper, Tradition: Concept and Claim (ISIBooks, 2008; St. Augustine’s, 2010) and contributed the Introduction to Herbert Jordan’s translation of Homer’s Iliad (Oklahoma UP, 2008).

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