Learning to Love What Must Be Done

Christopher Perrin April 22, 2011

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2011


The German poet Goethe advises, "Cease endlessly striving for what you would like to do and learn to love what must be done." In this maxim, Goethe succinctly captures a long educational tradition that sought to shape students into lovers- lovers of wisdom and lovers of the work that brings wisdom. In this seminar, I will explore the ways we can impart diligence, courage, zeal and industry to students- all traits that blossom from a cultivated love for the good, sure and beautiful and enable students to thrive and excel. Starting with Augustine and his exhortation that students order their loves and love that which is lovely, we will look to the tradition of classical education for inspiration and ideas for imparting students a love for what must be done. The seminar will conclude with a practical discussion of how this can happen in our contemporary classrooms.


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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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