The four liberal arts of the Quadrivium: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music, have been central to the Western vision of education since the time of Plato and Aristotle. They provide crucial tools of learning for many other areas of study later in the curriculum. They historically undergirded the birth of modern science and had preserved a vision of the cosmos as an ordered whole for millennia. Yet they are little understood and perhaps their centrality to classical education is underappreciated. This seminar will explore how to recover a vision for these four liberal arts within our curriculum and how they can provide a rich vantage point for the recovery of wonder, wisdom, and worship in our math and science classes.
Ravi Jain graduated from Davidson College as a pre-med, political science major having also served as a teaching assistant in physics and ancient Greek. He worked at various churches before receiving an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been teaching AP Calculus and AP Physics at the Geneva School since 2003. During this tenure he has sought to understand and champion the role of math and science in a Christian Classical curriculum. Over the past four years he has had the opportunity to deliver over 35 talks or workshops on these topics at various schools and conferences across the country. Much of his spare time recently has been spent smoothing the rough edges on a book he is co-authoring on Christian classical education which is due for publication during the summer of 2013.