A case for classical high school education

Increasingly our education is fixated in future marketability and career potential for our students.  These students lack the ability to think or reason well.  These abilities are important to employees as well as future entrepreneurs.  But these are hallmark of classical education.

A classical high school curriculum can provide the student with the knowledge of how to think.  The ability to think critically, to probe analytically, to evaluate evidence, to write well-structured arguments, and to analyze arguments presented by others are core teachings of a classical education.

Dr. Stanley Fish, Professor of Humanities and Law at the Florida International University, Miami is one of America’s thinker and an educator.  He taught at U. C. Berkley, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Duke.  He credits his success to his classical education at the Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island.  He credit that his high school was his best and more demanding educational institution he has ever associated with.  In Leigh A. Bortins’ “The Core:  Teaching Your Child the Foundation of Classical Education” the writer believes that learning is “a continuing conversation that humankind has been engaged in for centuries” and that knowing intimately the “collective wisdom of the ages” helps student make better decisions.