With the start of a new year, it’s a time of new beginnings, fresh starts as well as a time for reflection. Recently, Liberty Classical Academy’s Upper School students (grades 9-12) took a day to reflect and understand what is classical education, why they are attending a classical school and all the reasons this method reinforces that education is a process of life-long learning.
Classical Me, Classical Thee
Author Rebekah Merkle’s recent book Classical Me, Classical Thee: Squander Not Thine Education was the focus of a recent Liberty Classical upper school retreat where students read and reflected on the why question—so here you are in a classical school; have you ever wondered why? This clever, quick-read book has a simple goal: explaining why students are doing what they do in class. What classical students do in class is a drill—and nobody drills for the sake of the drill. Rather, one does drills to win the game. The tragedy, though, would be if one doesn’t know they were doing drills or didn’t know there was a game at all.
The Ultimate Goal
What is the ultimate goal that parents, teachers and administrators from classical schools—like Liberty Classical Academy—want for their children and students? They want to see students turned into a certain kind of person—and all the financial investment, time and effort that they put in giving students this education is actually all focused on that one thing: to become a sharp, persuasive, clear thinking, and faithful leader. They want students to be equipped to handle whatever the world throws at them, and the kind of person who changes the world for the better.
Each new school year marks a new beginning in the lives of students, but that doesn’t end at graduation, for education does not have a limited term, a finish line, or a definitive conclusion. Instead it is an investment, an endowment, and a life-long journey. Sadly for many, education is viewed as a finite period of tasks to complete and rush toward finishing school and graduation is viewed as a conclusion. Post-graduation, many rush through lives and careers anticipating weekends, vacation and retirement, simply looking to the end of things. But within a Classical Christian worldview, education is seen as an anticipation of new beginnings. It inspires fresh confidence in the present and in the days ahead.
Classical education is a reminder that we all have only just begun to learn how to learn and have only just been introduced to a lifetime adventure of learning that awaits us each new morning. The most valuable lessons that education can convey are the lessons that never end. Rebekah Merkle’s book explains that classical students are doing drills designed to equip them, to strengthen them, to make them into individuals who can step out of the classroom and into the world and successfully negotiate situations they have never encountered before.
You are cordially invited to attend Liberty Classical Academy’s upcoming Winter Open House on Thursday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Nghi Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.772.2777.