Piling It On: Why Classical Schools Have Too Many Periods and Teach Too Many Subjects

Christopher Perrin discusses the issues surrounding teaching too many subjects and explores the possible solutions to this current problem in Classical Schools.

Slowly, we have been renewing the classical curriculum and recognizing that a culture of Christian love is the soil in which the liberal arts curriculum take root and flourish. As this renewal continues, we must look at the way we order and arrange the arts and subjects we teach. Is the eight-period day the best way to arrange study and learning? Is teaching 10 to 12 subjects properly ordering education to the nature of the student and the goals we seek? C. S. Lewis clearly thinks not when he advises that we should “teach far fewer subjects and teach them far better.” In this session, we shall explore the “wide curriculum” and propose some healthy alternatives to it. We will also examine several schools that are already adopting such alternatives and the fruit they are enjoying.

Christopher Perrin

Christopher is the CEO and Publisher at Classical Academic Press, and a national leader, author and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools, classical charter schools, schools converting to the classical model and homeschool co-ops. He is the Director of the Alcuin Fellowship, former Vice-Chair of the Society for Classical Learning and previously served as a classical school head for 10 years.

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