Eight Essential Pedogical Principles of Classical Education

Christopher Perrin June 10, 2013

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013


In this seminar I will highlight eight important pedaogical principles that come down to us from the classical tradition, with a goal of showing how a deep understanding of principles will naturally lead to effective practices. The eight principles highlighted will be: festinal lente (make haste slowly), multum non multa (much not many), repetitio mater memoriae (repetition is the mother of memory), cultivation of wonder and affection, virtue education, songs, jingles and chants, embodied learning, contemplation and socratic discussion.


Classical Education Pedagogy Principles


Christopher Perrin
Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant and speaker, who is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He co-founded and serves full time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He is the former vice president of the Society for Classical Learning and the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world. Christopher received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA for ten years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.

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