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“What’s a Trivium? And Who’s Plato?” – How to Speak “Classical” for Progressively Trained Educators

The way that Classical educators think and talk about education is fundamentally different than the way most of us have been taught to think our entire lives. When training new teachers – who are rarely trained in Classical education – we like to say it is like crawling out of the Atlantic Ocean, running across the continent and jumping into the Pacific. Teachers are changing educational oceans, and they have to come across a large, rocky continent of vocabulary, philosophy, psychology and experience to get there. Because so many teachers in Classical schools come from progressive backgrounds, it is essential for them to understand three crucial differences: 1) who we teach, 2) how we teach, and 3) why we teach. New teachers – and those who train them – will leave this session with a firm grasp on some key vocabulary within Classical education, as well as a clear picture of how Classical education compares to the educational environment of the last century. We will also discuss a few practical pedagogical tools every Classical educator needs in his or her repertoire. Lastly, we’ll discuss why what we’re doing matters, not only for the embodied souls of our students, but for the public good, as well.