Why Classical? Latin? Memoria Press?
WHY CLASSICAL? Classical education was chosen because it works! It works at developing the mind and the soul and it works to pass on and preserve the culture of the Christian West. Classical education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through the study of the liberal arts and the great books.
A CLASSICALLY EDUCATED STUDENT
-Acquires basic thinking skills through the study of the liberal arts
-Learns best practices by reading the great books and discussing the actions of great men.
-Receives the culture of the Greeks (Philosophical and Literary Man), the Romans (Practical and Political Man) and the Hebrews (Spiritual Man).
CLASSICAL EDUCATION STANDS IN CONTRAST TO MODERN EDUCATION
Classical education teaches children
HOW TO THINK (wisdom) and
WHAT TO DO (virtue)
Modern education teaches children
WHAT TO THINK (progressivism, political correctness) and
HOW TO DO (pragmatism, vocational training)
See below for a comparison of Classical Christian Education vs Modern Education
CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION vs MODERN EDUCATION
Christ-centered Education Man-centered Education
Education for Formation Education for Information
Development of Critical Thinking - "Why?" Development of Correct Procedures - "How?"
Emphasis on the Good, the True and the Beautiful Emphasis on Politically Correct
Truth is Objective, Knowable, Absolute Self-actualization, Personal Peace and Affluence
Integrated Interdisciplinary Learning Fragmented and Disjointed Learning
Requires the Student to Learn How to Learn Requires the Student to Learn How to Pass Tests
Ultimate Goal: A Lifelong Love of Learning Ultimate goal: Graduation, Employment
WHY LATIN? The intensive study of Latin in the grammar school years develops the minds of students as no other subject can. Students who have learned how to learn with Latin become better students in all other subjects.
Outperform all other students on the verbal portion of the SAT.
Increase their vocabulary. Latin is the root language for all modern sciences, law, and 60% of the English language.
Master the study of additional languages. Latin is the root language for all the romance languages, and it trains the mind to learn any language.
Enhance their study of English grammar. Latin is regular and revealed, allowing one to "see" grammar concepts hidden in English.
Strengthen their critical thinking skills. Latin is complex and regular, requiring two basic thinking skills: analysis and synthesis. It develops and trains the mind, similar to mathematics.
WHY MEMORIA PRESS? Memoria Press is a beautiful and inspired, complete Christian classical curriculum characterized by simplicity, quality, and affordability.
MEMORIA PRESS CURRICULUM
Forms the basis of the Highlands Latin Cottage School program. This curriculum focuses on the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through meditation on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This curriculum is constructed with two central ideas in mind: mastery and simplicity.
Mastery of content is the goal of every program within the Classical Core Curriculum. Students are guided through the material in a way that emphasizes mastering a concept before moving on to a new one. The ability to immediately recall information and explain ideas is the end-goal of each program within the Classical Core Curriculum.
Simplicity is central to the design of each program. Rather than building the curricula full of extras and dress-ups, Memoria Press provides a robust, thorough, and focused exploration of each subject as it is studied. The purpose is to present a curriculum that is highly accessible and effectively taught.
MEGAN D. SAYS...
"I wish I had known about this curriculum sooner! My friend introduced me to Memoria Press, and I fell in love with their easy-to-follow lesson plans and now feel confident the education each child is receiving is thorough and tailor-made for their age and level of understanding.
ADRIAN S. SAYS...
"When I began researching homeschool curriculums, I learned about classical education and knew this path was right for my family. I was preparing to cobble together a curriculum when I stumbled upon Memoria Press. I'm so glad I did! I love how they have thought through a scope and sequence from preschool through high school, and have tested their methods in the classroom with outstanding results. My children are growing and thriving, and I'm just trying to keep up!"