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The Lost Tools of Learning [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy Sayers
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1947, Dorothy Sayers first delivered this speech at Oxford University. It has since been republished countless times due to it's sheer eloquence and unanswered articulation of the 3 "lost tools" in classical education: grammar, logic and rhetoric.

The Lost Tools of Learning is part of The Fig Classic Series on Modern Theology. To view more books in our catalog, visit us at fig-books.com


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  • File Size: 133 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Publisher: Fig; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X2IV0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read on Classical Education June 29, 2008
Format:Unknown Binding
This is a worthwhile read, but it is not a book, rather an essay available on many web sites.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-rendered classic March 16, 2012
By Veppers
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance or Intelligence 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Americans Forget 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Parental impetus found 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So true! January 2, 2014
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Excellent points are made by Ms. Sayers. Logically and clearly presented. We were already homeschooling when we came across her essay. It confirmed our decision for a classical education (classicalconversations.com) and we are not disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great content but very poor editing! June 23, 2014
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There are numerous words run together on every page. It's not just numerous in the book but numerous on each and every page! This release should be pulled and re-edited. It is an embarrassment to such a well written woman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great resource for the classical education path.
Published 4 days ago by AP
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Sayers and Classical Home School Method
The lost tools of learning is used as a basis for the current classical home school movement. It is good to hear it straight from the source. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Deanne Ridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Education Guide
You could have sworn this book was written today, instead of 60 years ago.

Dorothy Sayers, one of the worlds best educated and most intelligent writers, tells how... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Leeanne
3.0 out of 5 stars wish it was longer
Wish it was longer, for it had great ideas. I always believed in proper artistotilian logic being taught to grammar school kids
Published 7 months ago by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any modern educator
The essential focus of this essay, that there are tools of learning that are universally suited to the learning curve of the human being, that we've thrown these tools away in a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by AmazonCustomer9357025
5.0 out of 5 stars learning stages stated clearly
i like the short clear

I enjoyed the short clear articulation of the stages in which a student advances in his/her learning.
Published 9 months ago by Joel Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
This book is a voice of wisdom calling from the past. The truths contained in this book are timeless. Every educator should read this.
Published 10 months ago by Doug Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Unbound
This is not a polemic against modern educaton but a well reasoned and informed description of an educational system that that no longer exists but served Europe well for over 1000... Read more
Published 12 months ago by propertius
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