Why Teacher Instruction?

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There is a variety of ways that students can learn. Schools may choose one or more of these, and the choice matters. The traditional arrangement assumes that teachers have a greater mastery of the material, and a way to impart that knowledge or skill as students work to learn it. The subject matter is considered […]

Why Uniforms?

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A uniform is a strict dress code. Sometimes it’s so strict that everyone must wear exactly identical articles of clothing. The dress code is not so strict at Columbia, but it allows the student body to dress in a uniform way, so that they have a consistent, comparable, and pleasing appearance. With a uniform dress […]

Why Latin?

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According to legend, the Latin language was adopted by the people of Rome around the time the city was founded (753 B.C.). It was named for the surrounding region. The people of that city went on to dominate the whole Italian peninsula and establish an empire on the three continents surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The […]

Why Logic?

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Logic defines the way things relate to each other. In a classical school, students begin every subject by memorizing facts. The facts are the subject’s grammar. When a student has learned them well enough, the next thing is to learn the subject’s logic. How are the facts related? How can they be distinguished or combined? […]

Why Classical?

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Classical schools teach the liberal arts, which developed in the early years of western history, in the civilizations that produced some of the oldest achievements still widely recognized and used today. During the decline of Rome, the liberal arts were adopted and adapted by the great Christian teachers that shaped the civilization of the Middle […]

Ever Wondered Why CLS Teaches Latin? Here You Go.

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Last month I read David Epstein’s new book, Range, thinking that it might be a good explanation of the advantages that a liberal arts (classical) education can provide to young scholars. It did not disappoint. But if you don’t want to read the whole book yet, you might take a look at this article Epstein […]