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The Demise of Classical Education and Where We Are Now

Mar 16, 2008
There is a serious problem with the minds of young people today, and the demise of classical education is a direct cause. When classical education dies, so too do the ideas, visions, and values of classical Greece and Rome die with it. These ideas and values were what helped create Western civilization.

Universities have just started scrutinizing these very ideas, ironically enough. Few Americans know that the origins of the West were in ancient Greece.

Unfortunately, American citizens are drifting further away from the important ethical an philosophical theories that are necessary if we want to understand, appreciate, and keep the freedoms we enjoy.

It is important that we remember the Greek wisdom that has helped build our nation.

We applied many of these philosophies into our governmental make-up: a constitutional government, individual rights, freedom of expression, an open economy, civilian control of the military, separation of religious and political authority, private property, free scientific inquiry, and open dissent. These are some of the things that we need now more than ever in our changing culture.

We need to also remember that the Greeks insisted that these freedoms be monitored and controlled by civic responsibility, philanthropy, and an absolute world view.

The Greeks did not believe that life was rosy; instead, they saw it as momentary and tragic. Concepts like this along with self-criticism kept things in check.

The demise of classical education erases a complete way of looking at the world. Instead, the new lenses in which to look at the world consist of therapeutics, moral relativism, blind allegiance, and the adoration of material culture.

For good or ill, the Greeks gave us the power to change the spiritual and physical universe. They also gave us the tools to control our most animal-like instincts so that we can contribute to the common good.

We can only fight the demise of classical education, or hope that when classics fall, the educational Dark Age will bring our children into a New Greek era.

If we want our children to thrive and drive off this threatening darkness, we need to find ways to teach our children to be independent thinkers who are thankful to the Greeks for what they modeled for Western civilization.
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