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The Liberal Arts as a Model, not a Modification

The Christian, classical school renewal movement does not consist of one-size-fits-all method and curriculum. Rather, it is filled with excellent, timeless, and effective practices and purposes for engaging in education. While these practices and purposes manifest themselves in varying and nuanced ways from school to school, they share two things in common: 1) they are based on the tradition of the liberal arts and 2) they are constantly at risk of becoming engulfed by modern education. Even though the movement now has the benefit of decades of unearthing and restoring what has been lost in education, our schools must be intentional about understanding and implementing the liberal arts model. Insofar as we are not intentional in this, our Christian and classical distinctives will be nothing more than slight modifications of “good,” merely modern schools. In this session, Andrew Smith will discuss the liberal arts model in a way that emphasizes its essence and provides useful direction for keeping it all the center of your school.