The senior thesis project, prevalent in most classical Christian schools, is built upon a deep and rich foundation that makes eloquent expression possible. Rhabanus Maurus, a monk and student of Alcuin, in his “Education of the Clergy,” said, “Grammar is the source and foundation of all the liberal arts. It should be taught in every […]
Earth Science (ES) enjoyed a prominent place in classical scientific enquiry, and the weight given to ES continued through medieval and modern times and into the present. Unfortunately, the centrality of ES as a field of study is being lost, even in many classical schools. Increasingly, ES is diminished to facts learned in the Grammar […]
Come to this workshop and practice short writing drills based on ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric drills. Participants will be asked to inflect eloquent phrases through shifting tense, case, and other grammatical attributes. This will show the strong relationship between grammar and rhetoric. Workshop participants will volunteer and publicly read their inflections while working on […]
The classical teacher should strive to become a grammarian, logician, and rhetorician as they are the trivium incarnatum. A teacher takes their first steps toward the trivium incarnatum through the study of Latin or Greek. As they become a grammarian, their soul is prepared to be struck by truths outside of themselves as they learn […]
In Paradiso 6 Justinian expounds the Roman Empire’s divine mission and the state’s role as God’s servant. These ideas, found in Comedy and Monarchia, anticipate the Two Kingdoms of Luther and Calvin and the American separation of church and state.
In Paradiso 12 Dante says God rescued Christendom “through grace alone” (per sola grazia). Guido da Montefeltro (inferno 27) and his son Buonconte (Purgatorio 5) exemplify God’s grace, a theme that permeates the Comedy.
Andrew Kern proposes that Homer meant the Iliad to be understood and used as a guide to rhetoric – and that there is no better handbook available. It can and must be used to teach rhetoric, and rhetoric is a key to understanding the Iliad. If you like either (or if you like teaching) watch […]
If we want to integrate the curriculum (and we do), we need a principle of harmony that is both big enough to include everything and practical enough to prepare for everything. [Kern] shows how classical rhetoric is the necessary practical tool to integrate the curriculum.
The logical “Categories of Being” and the rhetorical “Topics of Invention” bear a striking resemblance; nevertheless, they seem not to be reducible to one or the other. Why is that? What exactly is the relationship between them? Why is that relationship important for teachers to understand? with: Martin Cothran and James Selby
Breakout Session: During the first part of this session, Alvarez discusses the conceptual frameworks used to help students research, write, and publicly defend meaningful senior thesis speeches. During the second part of the session, Alvarez and a panel of 12th-grade students answer questions about the goals, outcomes, and practices of vibrant thesis programs.