21st Century Classical: Theoretical and Practical Foundations for Embracing the Paradox

Sean Riley June 28, 2015

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2015


I will argue that education can be both genuinely and thoroughly Classical and at the same time preapre students to be leaders and innovators in the 21st century. I will argue that many of the 21st Century skills being enumerated by progressive educators are the same skills a Classical education is best equipped to offer. I will also maintain that so long as we maintain a Christian Classical commitment to truth, beauty and goodness, and ultimately to God, we should allow ourselves to employ 21st centruy pedagogical methods where appropriate. Students need the best training they can get to solve 21st century problems, but even more so they need the orientation of the soul towards the Good that Classical education provides.


Administration Classical Education Curriculum Pedagogy Strategies Worldview


Sean Riley
Sean A. Riley, PhD serves as Academic Dean at The Stony Brook School, a Christian boarding and day school on Long Island. He earned his PhD in philosophy from Baylor University. At The Stony Brook School, Sean has taught courses in history, English, Bible, and philosophy, coached football, tennis, and the Ethics Bowl team, and served as a dorm dad. He lives in Stony Brook with his wife, Emily, and his four children, Aidan, Liam, Honora, and Quinn.

Other Contributions by Sean Riley

A Brief History of Moral and Political Thought

Article - SCL Conference 2014

Philosophy in Christian Schools

Article - SCL Conference 2013

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