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Classical Education



Founders provides a classical education to its students. What exactly is classical education? In a nutshell, it is an education that is characterized by a traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum and pedagogy, and an orientation towards truth, beauty, and goodness that aims to cultivate wise and virtuous citizens. Classical education is the same course of study that propelled Western Civilization upward in its civic institutions, personal liberty, philanthropy, economic enterprise, technological innovation, and relative safety and security. It is rooted in an approach that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome and developed over a long period of time in the West.


Articles on Classical Education

A Classical Education for Modern Times by Terrence Moore. Terrence Moore has served as headmaster at multiple classical schools and was a lead advisor to Hillsdale College's Barney Charter School Initiative. 

Classical Education: The Oldest Ideas for the Youngest Minds by Jason Caros. Jason Caros is headmaster at Founders Classical Academy.

A Classical Education: Back to the Future by Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish is a professor of humanities and law at Florida International University.

The Benefits of a Classical Education by Tim O’Reilly. Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of computer book publisher, O’Reilly Media Inc.

Classical Education-The Best Preparation for STEM by Chris Perrin. Chris Perrin has been a classical school headmaster, he is an author, consultant and publisher with Classical Academic Press.

Silicon Valley Needs Humanities Students by Vivek Wadhwa. Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers by Scott Samuelson. Scott Samuelson teaches philosophy at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Missing Link in Reading Comprehension and Academic Achievement by Jason Caros. Jason Caros is headmaster at Founders Classical Academy.

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Book Recommendations

  • Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, 3rd edition by Gene Edward Veith Jr. and Andrew Kern
  • Real Education: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality by Charles Murray
  • The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools by E.D. Hirsch
  • The Great Tradition: Classic Readings On What It Means To Be An Educated Human Being edited by Richard Gamble
  • Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong: And What We Can Do About It? by William Kilpatrick
  • Arithmetic for Parents: A Book For Grownups About Children’s Mathematics by Ron Aharoni
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