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The Lost Tools of Learning Kindle Edition

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Length: 23 pages

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  • File Size: 133 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Publisher: Fig; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X2IV0Q
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Wentzlaff on June 29, 2008
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This is a worthwhile read, but it is not a book, rather an essay available on many web sites.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Veppers on March 16, 2012
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Dorothy Sayers begins her essay with a bang and carries the reader through to a proposal that has been embraced by a growing number of people (The classical education movement in the United States appears to be drawing much of its intellectual capital from this essay by Sayers).

In case you're wondering, this kindle version offers a great value to readers: it is well-edited and there are no OCR 'ticks' that typify many re-kindle'd works.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bryant K. Owens on February 16, 2013
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Intelligence is not the result of pumping facts into ones brain. Rather, intelligence is the ability to reason and recognize opinions as well as argue another opinion. The art of learning requires that one learn the basic facts of knowledge and then learn to apply knowledge in the art of reason. This is intelligence.

Dorothy Sayers classic treatise on learning is one to inspire homeschoolers and Classical Education proponents alike. Another tremendous work that parallels this work is "The Mind of the Maker." Sayers expands the ideas of intelligence to accompany the mind of our Maker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gene Cisco on March 28, 2014
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It is shocking to read what was given as a college address over 60 years ago and feel the same way today, a great disappointment at the entrenched bureaucracy that buries its head only deeper by devising a new diet of curricula for the masses. This is essential reading for anyone who senses a second Dark Ages on the horizon if we continue 'reforming' education as we have done the past 40 years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly J Higdon on March 25, 2014
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As a parent, I am very concerned with the end result of my son's education. Will he be equipped to find his place and thrive as an adult? Will he embrace his responsibilities with gusto or be fearful and riddled with self doubt about engaging the world that will be his? This essay allowed me to articulate the kind of education that is fitting for those who will be motivated upon adulthood. For my family this means a shift into homeschool using Classical Conversations. I'm thankful for the jump off point provided by this essay. I don't want the end result of my son'a education to be subject/information/test centric, I want him to have mastered the art of learning, a skill transferable and useful no matter what his interests and abilities will be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen N. Greenleaf on January 14, 2015
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In a 23 page essay written in 1947, Dorothy Sayers argues for the relevance and use of the Trivium, the classical and medieval foundation of education based on Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric, taught in the order just listed. Is Sayers simply an old-fashioned fuddy-duddy? (Or as she suggests she’ll be branded, a “reactionary, romantic, mediaevalist, laudatory temporis acti (praiser of times past)” (The Lost Tools of Learning (Kindle Location 25) Fig. Kindle Edition. I think not. Her complaint is one that many can sympathize with: “although we often succeed in teaching our pupils “subjects,” we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.” Id. 77-78. As Sayers points out, Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric are not “subjects” in the usual school sense, but the means of learning subjects. She summarizes the function of each in this educational scheme:

The whole of the Trivium was, in fact, intended to teach the pupil the proper use of the tools of learning, before he began to apply them to “subjects” at all. First, he learned a language; not just how to order a meal in a foreign language, but the structure of a language, and hence of language itself—what it was, how it was put together, and how it worked. Secondly, he learned how to use language; how to define his terms and make accurate statements; how to construct an argument and Logic and Disputation. Thirdly, he learned to express himself in language—how to say what he had to say elegantly and persuasively.

Id. (92-97)

Most people know Sayers as the author of the Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels, a series of classics in the English detective genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nate Green on March 21, 2013
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It seems that Miss Sayers has stated exactly the errors being made by the educational establishment in this country. We should not be sending our children to schools that only teach facts, and never the means for the students to find out facts for themselves. I have watched my children and my grandchildren suffer in college because they were only taught the book solutions, and not allowed nor required to find their own way.
I do not expect many of the current teachers to ever read or understand Miss Sayers pointed phamplet. But, they should. I would also expect that NO school board would ever even consider implementing any of her suggestions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Henderson on June 15, 2014
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I like the content of the essay, but there are other places to get it. This has spelling and transcription errors that are distracting. I wouldn't pay even 99 cents for it. Wish there were some quality control. Beware!
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