Why a School without Scholé (Leisure) is No School at All


by
Christopher Perrin June 28, 2015


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2015

ABSTRACT:

Our word “school” comes from the Greek word scholé which means leisure, refreshing conversation and activity--or restful learning. Ironically modern, American education is virtually anything but restful and so in a profound sense many American schools have ceased to be schools at all. In this seminar, we will trace the tradition of scholé and explore how critical it is that we recover restful learning and return scholé to our schools. We will also spend time discussing the practical ways that restful learning can be implemented in our schools and homeschools, from establishing restful (liturgical) routines and rhythms to selecting books and pedagogy that enhance contemplation and rest rather than cheat them.


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Administration Leadership Liturgy Mission Pedagogy Policy Strategies Vision Worldview


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Christopher Perrin
Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant and speaker, who is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He co-founded and serves full time as the CEO/publisher at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. Christopher serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country. He is the former vice president of the Society for Classical Learning and the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world. Christopher received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA for ten years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.

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