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Known for such comments on education as: "Our public school system is our country's biggest and most inefficient monopoly, yet it keeps demanding more and more money." and "It is long overdue for parents to realize they have the right and duty to protect our children against the intolerant evolutionists,"Phyllis Schlafly was a rare voice speaking up for conservat...
As noted in a previous discussion, we begin each day at our school with worship. Preaching a 5-minute chapel sermon every day might seem a bit daunting, but there are plenty of themes to consider when drawing from limitless well of God's living Word. Here are some themes I used: The Old Testament reading from Sunday's Divine Service The Epistle reading from Sunday's Divin...

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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 cannot do without music in our schools. A schoolmaster must know how to sing, or I would not allow him to teach. Nor ought we to ordain young theologians to the sacred office, unless they have first been well-tried and practiced in the art in the school. . . . If any one despises music, as all the fanatics do, I cannot confide in him. For music is a gift and bestowment of God; it does not proceed from man. It drives away the devil and makes men happy. In it, we forget all anger, lasciviousness, pride, and every vice. Next to theology I rank music, and hold it in almost equal honor. For look how David and all holy men have uttered their heavenly meditations in verse, rhyme and song." (W-T 5, No. 6248)

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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