Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2018 / 02:00 am
A classical education forms the whole person, leading students to truth and mitigating the influence of internet culture, according to one speaker at a Catholic classical education conference held this week.
The National Catholic Classical Schools Conference is sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education and conducted July 23-26 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Speakers include priests, classical educators, and academics from Catholic universities and colleges.
Unlike standard academic programs, a "classical" school focuses on memorization, close study of primary-source "great books" and the liberal arts, rather than using conventional text books. The trend of classical education has become popular among some Catholics in recent years.
Dr. Jake Noland, dean of faculty at St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, spoke to attendees July 25 about the role a classical education can play in forming children and young adults in faith, character, and intellect.