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

Christopher Perrin discusses 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.

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.

Christopher Perrin

Christopher Perrin is the publisher of Classical Academic Press, a consultant to classical, Christian schools and the Director of the Alcuin Fellowship. Chris has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary and served as Headmaster of Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA from its founding in 1997 until 2007. He received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in California and his Ph.D. in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Chris is the author of several books on classical, Christian education. Chris and his wife Christine live in Camp Hill, PA with their three children.

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