Right Thinking = Good Writing

The recent posts on education are inspiring, so here’s mine.

One day a week I teach philosophy at our daughter’s homeschool co-op. The students, all in their mid-to-late teens, blew me away last week with their first papers (on Socrates’ Apology). They all have several years of Latin (some of them national champs) and many have studied classical Greek as well. Rhetoric and Logic are mandatory. The result? Their writing and analytical skills surpass those of many “successful” college graduates.

The question: Where is the college that would not bore them to death?

In the meantime, and in stark contrast, this inscription belongs above the door of every government school:

“The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.” (Hannah Arendt)


12:34 pm on October 28, 2011