Rhetoric at Your School: Centerpiece or Add-On?

Andrew Smith November 9, 2018

Presented at:
2018 SCL Annual Conference


More than likely, your school views its Rhetoric program as a distinctive. It is an aspect of your school that sets it apart from other schools in your geographic community and it is something that allows your constituencies to rest assured that you really are offering a Classical curriculum. But can you say in all honesty that Rhetoric is a centerpiece of your curriculum? Is it crucial to how, what and why everything else is taught at your school? It should be. Join this session to learn what you can do to make it so.


Classical Education Curriculum Education Rhetoric Subject Integration Teaching


Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith came to Geneva in 2014 from Memphis, TN where he spent eleven years at Westminster Academy, serving as head of upper school, teaching in the disciplines of rhetoric, philosophy, and theology, and shaping the school’s rhetoric curriculum. He earned a BA in History from the University of Memphis, an MDiv from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. He currently serves as an Alcuin Fellow with the Society for Classical Learning. Andrew married Keri in 1997, and they have four children—Lizzie, Anna, Sara Kate, and Hugh. One of Andrew’s favorite pastimes is roasting and enjoying great coffee, and he is always happy to converse about that subject.

Other Contributions by Andrew Smith

The Liberal Arts as a Model, not a Modification

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

The Common Topics as Threads that Hold the Verbal Arts Together

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

The Teacher as Curriculum Part 1

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

The Teacher as Curriculum Part 2

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

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