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The numbers of LCMS schools which have closed their doors in the last 20 years is alarming -- if anyone cares to take notice. Generally, I suspect that the issue is economics: congregations cannot afford to maintain the school budget. But can we afford to be without Lutheran schools? I think it's time for an old paradigm to become redivivus among LCMS schools: the one-roo...
Some 20 years ago, when I first embarked on my classical Lutheran education trek, I followed many leads. One of them led to "Direct Instruction" (capital D, capital I) for a number of reasons which appealed to me. 1) They emphasized the mastery of material. 2) They promoted a direct, highly orchestrated method of instruction utilizing hand signals and scripted lessons ra...

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Latin Textbooks and Classical Education
What textbooks do you use to teach Latin? How many varieties of Latin curricula have you reviewed? What were the key factors in deciding which textbook you use?...
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Standardized Tests and Classical Education
Does your school / make use of standardized testing? If so, which tests do you use? What do you think about standardized testing in general?...
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State Accreditation?
Should classical Lutheran schools be accredited by the state? Should classical Lutheran educators be state-certified? Should classical Lutheran schools worry about hiring teac...
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“We are new in the morning-dawn of a better life; for we are beginning again to recover that knowledge of the creation which we lost through Adam’s fall. By God’s grace, we are beginning to recognize, even in the structure of the humblest floweret, his wondrous glory, his goodness, and his omnipotence. In the creation we can appreciate in some measure the power of Him who spoke and it was done, who commanded and it stood fast. Consider the peach-stone: although it is very hard, yet, in its due season, it is burst asunder by the force of the very tender germ which is enclosed within the shell. But all this Erasmus passes by, not regarding it for a moment and views this new knowledge of the creature only as cows look upon a new gate.”

Luther on Education

Classical Lutheran Education Defined

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There are many and various definitions of classical education, but our definition of classical Lutheran  education is simply this:

"We teach children to look to God in faith and to care for their neighbor in love by means of the Six Chief Parts and the Seven Liberal Arts."

The first part of this definition is drawn from Luther's post-communion collect. It represents the two tables of the Law ("Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul strength and mind . . . and love your neighbor as yourself"), but it does so in the context of Word and Sacraments, the means by which the Lord enables His people both "to will and to do according to His good pleasure," (Philippians 2:13). Where there is forgiveness, there is life and salvation.

The second part of the definition refers to the six chief parts of Luther's Small Catechism (The Ten Commandments, The Apostles' Creed, The Lord's Prayer, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion) and the seven liberal arts (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, and Music).

Our intention is not that you have to try to remember this definition, but rather that you won't be able to forget it.

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The Pleasure of Studies

world2"I shall say nothing here about the pure pleasure a man gets from having studied, even though he never holds an office of any kind, how at home by himself he can read all kinds of things, talk and associate with educated people, and travel and do business in foreign lands; for there are perhaps very few people who are moved by this pleasure." -- Martin Luther

Good Books, Well-Read

guestan"It is not many books that make men learned, nor even reading. But it is a good book frequently read, no matter how small it is, that makes a man learned in the Scriptures and godly." -- Martin Luther

Instruct and Govern

romgrec"St. Paul enjoins his disciple Titus that he should properly instruct and govern all classes, young and old, men and women [Titus 2:1-10]. But today everybody just does as he likes. Unfortunately it has come to such a sorry pass that those places where something good should be taught have become schools for scoundrels, and nobody takes any interest in the high-spirited youth at all." -- Martin Luther

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