The Teacher as Curriculum Part 1

Andrew Smith February 15, 2017

Presented at:
2017 Winter Regional Conference


One of the pitfalls of modern education has been the centrality of methodology and the corresponding technical specializations of the educator. Instead of being encouraged to learn how to learn or to love a particular discipline, professionalized teachers have been trained to manage people and schedules and to disseminate information according to standardized system. In sharp contrast, one of the hallmarks of the Christian, liberal arts model of education s the centrality of the teacher. Since education is about formation and formation happens through imitation, the teach himself or herself is crucial in bringing about the goals of the school. In this session, Andrew Smith will give reasons for understanding the proper role of the teacher as well as practical advice for prioritizing the teacher in the right way at your school. Part 2


Christian Curriculum Liberal Arts Teacher


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 2

Article - 2017 Winter Regional Conference

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