What is Classical Education?

Susan Wise Bauer June 2, 2012

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2012


What makes a classical education? Is Latin necessary? What is the difference between classical and neoclassical education? How does this change the way we teach? Susan Wise Bauer will discuss the distinctives of classical education and the methods that classical educators should adopt- as well as those that should be avoided. Includes Q&A.


Classical Education Educators Latin Teachers


Susan Wise Bauer
Susan's parents taught her at home for most of elementary and middles school, and all of high school. She entered college at seventeen as a Presidential Scholar and National Merit finalist, and finished her B.A. in five semesters with a major in English, a minor in Greek and a summer spent studying twentieth century theology as a Visiting Student at Oxford. She went to earn a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, an M.A. in English language and literature at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her Ph.D. in American Studies, with a major field in the history of American religion. She has been a member of the faculty at the College of William and Mary for fifteen years. Susan's most recent book for W.W. Norton, The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade (2010) is the second in a four-volume series providing a narrative world history. Her other books include The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome (W.W. Norton, 2007); The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never had (W.W. Norton, 2003) is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published the classic guide to home schooling The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise,) now in its third edition. suas has written a four-volume history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. She is also the author of The Complete Writer and many other resources for parents and educators. She has four home schooled children, ranging in all ages.

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