I recently read an article titled “Language Learning and Justice” it was an interesting article, found here (it is a good read), but the lines quoted above stood out to me. As a homeschooling mom and also a woman who has been overseas several times for missions in hopes that God would plant me in Africa or some other mission field on the Globe to live the most missional life possible – I have always appreciated the classical approach to teaching because it highly encourages learning other cultures, languages, and
their our history. As a christian, a believer in Jesus Christ the Redeemer, and God’s living breathing Word… we believe that we are all connected, right? That all history started with the Trinity and creation and on Earth it started in the Garden of Eden. So when we remember that fact and look at learning our history, it is deeper and richer than most may think… because here in the good ole US of A, most just think of our history as the start of the States… in an educational view point. And yes, when I was growing up in public school and learning History, we did talk about other cultures as they tangled with ours in wars or compromises. But the richness of other cultures was never talked about or learned in depth. So why do I love the classical approach of learning… many reasons but one big one is because it doesn’t divide but it connects, it expands our hearts and minds… it adds extra rooms in our hearts.
I adore what a writer wrote in another blog post I read recently, titled “C.S. LEWIS AND CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION II”:
“Most students today who actively pursue a classical Christian education—whether they do so at an academy, at home, or through a hybrid model that combines both—will inevitably come to realize that they are engaged in something that is profoundly countercultural. Our age, infected with chronological snobbery, counts itself superior not only to medieval Christianity, but also to the humanistic, pre-Christian cultures of Greece and Rome. We take for granted that the movers and shakers of society—the leaders of industry, education, and politics—should be specialists who possess technical skills, rather than generalists with a wide and diverse understanding of history, literature, philosophy, and the arts.
Though classical Christian education does not dismiss the positive role that specialists can play in society, it commits itself to fulfilling the more traditional and stabilizing social task of creating ladies and gentlemen who can see past the trees to take in the fullness of the forest.”
This next line that I will quote from the blog post above, was so right on to how I was raised and how most people around me were led to think and feel about other
cultures people different from us… old, backward, and unenlightened. But this line from the blog was on point:
“… the student who proceeds through a classical Christian curriculum is encouraged to participate in the past, to give it his sympathetic imagination, rather than to stand in judgment on it as old, backward, and unenlightened.”
In my last blog post I made the comment of wondering what it would be like to spend a day in the mind of my young children, what a place of wonder and adventure it must be. When I look at my children, or any child for that matter, I see a great sense of wonder, awe, humility, and joy. I truly believe that all of those things are by design, by God’s design- and so I have a desire to enrich those things and classical learning is one of the best ways to do so.
I desire to help add some extra rooms in my children’s heart for this world and ALL who live in it. Because let us not forget- “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Learn more about classical learning, here is a start.
Peace and Grace,