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Welcome to the first week of the Teaching the Trivium book club! I am so excited to read and discuss this book along with you. Each week we will read a chapter in the book and then come here to discuss it together. If you are a blogger, I will also have a link-up at the bottom of each post if you would like to blog about the chapter too.
Well, let's get started!
Chapter 1 - The Transformation of Classical Education: A Biblical Vision for Homeschooling
Breaking out of the Mold
The first thing that interested me when I started reading this chapter is that the Bluedorns are looking at classical education in a different way then many people do.
"We have found that when we tried to fit Biblical Christianity within the old and dead carnal container of classical education and the Greek Academy, that the latter was burst and the former was spilled...We are attempting to write a different charter for classical education." (pages 28-29)
What is Classical Education?
In contrast to The Well Trained Mind (that we went through last year), the Bluedorns are seeking to use the classical model of education through the lens of Scripture. They talk about not learning about the ancient times and people so that we can think and speak like them (because that would lead us away from Christ), but so that we can "read, think, and speak - period!" (page 30)
Q. The Bluedorns state "There is no neutral ground lying between Christian and non-Christian." (page 30) What do you think?
Transformation from the Inside Out
I loved this section. A huge part of why we homeschool is because we want to weave God into every part of our children's day. Here are a few things I underlined:
- "No true education can take place without reference to God." (page 34)
- "The objective of education is not service to self, the community, business, church, or state, but service to God." (page 34)
- "Modern government education does what ancient education did - teach without reference to God. Hence it creates ignorance." (page 35)
Q. Why do you homeschool? Why do you follow the classical model?
The Bluedorns conclude this first chapter by saying, "We want to show you that you can tutor at home in a classical style." Sounds good to me! Let's keep reading, shall we?
I have more that I'd love to say about this chapter, but I want to give you a chance to comment too! What did you think as you read chapter one? Even if you did not read, feel free to chime in!
Leave comments here on the blog post, or share about it on social media (#ClassicalMamasRead). I'll be sharing too, so follow me on facebook, twitter, or google+ and we can chat about it there as well! Don't forget, if you want to share your thoughts about Teaching the Trivium on your own blog, link it up below so we can all come and visit!
Next week we will be discussing chapter two of Teaching the Trivium. If you haven't gotten your own copy yet, make sure you check your library or order one soon so you can be ready for next week! Also, this is a 600+ page book, so I am only touching on certain points of each chapter. There is so much great information that I am not covering, so if this discussion interests you, you are going to want to make sure to pick up your own copy so you can read more!
Classical Mamas Read Link-Up
Did you write about Teaching the Trivium on your blog? Have you been reading and blogging about another book (for you, not a children's book)? Do you have a book club going on at your blog (once again, not for a children's book)? I'd love for you link up here so we can all be encouraged by each other and maybe find another great book to read!
I think I'm going to keep this link-up ongoing since there aren't going to be a huge number of posts and then anyone new will be able to be encouraged by the other book reading ideas and discussions. If the number of posts gets too large, I will fix it.
Please note, all posts must be on topic (about a book you are reading) and appropriate (think family friendly).