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Defining Classical Education

A child focuses on learning “facts”—vocabulary, spelling, multiplication tables, historical dates, etc.—and exercising the memory by learning poetry by heart.

A child explores the relations between facts—for example, the causes of historical events—and masters the rules of logical reasoning.

The focus is on excellence in both written and spoken expression. A graduate who knows a great deal, who understands what he knows, and who can communicate persuasively with others

Rhetoric stage

Logic stage

Grammar stage

(high school years)

(middle school years)

(elementary school years)

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