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Case For Classical Christian Education [Paperback]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2003
ISBN  1581343841  
EAN  9781581343847  

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America's public schools are failing. Douglas Wilson lays much of the blame
for this situation on the current idea that schools can educate in a moral vacuum.
In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Recovering
the Lost Tools of Learning, the author advocates a return to classical
Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and recovery of the ancient
division of learning geared to child development stages. Readers will see that
education is not the world's savior--education itself needs to be saved.

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Newspapers are filled with stories about poorly educated children, ineffective teachers, and cash-strapped school districts. In this greatly expanded treatment of a topic he first dealt with in Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Douglas Wilson proposes an alternative to government-operated school by advocating a return to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and learning geared to child development stages.

As an educator, Wilson is well-equipped to diagnose the cause of America's deteriorating school system and to propose remedies for those committed to their children's best interests in education. He maintains that education is essentially religious because it deals with the basic questions about life that require spiritual answers—reading and writing are simply the tools. Offering a review of classical education and the history of this movement, Wilson also reflects on his own involvement in the process of creating educational institutions that embrace that style of learning. He details elements needed in a useful curriculum, including a list of literary classics. Readers will see that classical education offers the best opportunity for academic achievement, character growth, and spiritual education, and that such quality cannot be duplicated in a religiously-neutral environment.

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Douglas Wilson (MA, University of Idaho) is a pastor, a popular speaker, and the author of numerous books. He helped to found Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He blogs regularly at

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Back to Future- Is Classical Education the Answer?  Nov 10, 2004
This is a book that seeks to present a broad overview of the classical Christian model of education.

Today's America's schools are in a mess. Violence and drug-usage at schools are no longer news. Learning to read and write gives people the tools to ask and answer questions in life. But our schools fail miserably in this basic task.

Douglas Wilson is strongly against government schools. He argues that all these happened because we falsely believe that schools can be neutral about morality. He says that education is basically religious. Education deals with the basic questions if life, and these questions demand religious answers. He proposed that we must turn to Christian classic education- in styles, philosophies, even curriculums, with an emphasis on the children development.

Has Wilson gone too far? It is your call. However, he will convince you that education is not the world's savior. Education itself needs to be saved!
Excellent  Jan 20, 2004
Mr. Wilson presents outstanding arguments on why the public school system is a failure and the need tor classical instruction. I do not share his view of homeschoolers. I know many families that homeschool and none are characterized in his examples.
A welcome contribution to the current national dialogue  Jul 16, 2003
In The Case For Classical Christian Education, Douglas Wilson articulately and persuasively denounces the state that American public schools have fallen into with endemic and rampant illiteracy and below-grade literacy; poor performance in math, science, history, and geography; and even the prevalence of crime and drugs among the student population. The only way to improve things is to restore classical Christian education, which provides religious answers to the basic and profound matters of life, as well as the more mundane answers to practical everyday problems. The Case for Classical Christian Education is strongly recommended reading and a welcome contribution to the current national dialogue over public education reform and the role of the church sponsored school.
Revisiting the Vision  May 12, 2003
Doug Wilson is the father of the Protestant classical Christian school movement. This book is a mature statement of why classical Christian schools are needed and what they stand for. Many have been introduced to the movement through his book Rediscovering the Lost Tools of Learning (Crossway, 1991). This book is a far better starting point. One does not have to agree with Rev. Wilson on all points to appreciate the distinctive vision this book outlines. It is highly recommended and should be read by every teacher, parent, student, and board member associated with classical Christian schools. Once again, we owe Doug Wilson an enormous debt.

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