Cheryl Swope's new book is perhaps the best story of classical education ever written. This book will take classical education from the perceived ivory towers of academia into the real lives of all people, especially those uniquely blessed with learning disabilities. Here is classical education at its very best, an education that nurtures each soul on purity, truth, and beauty.
-Rev. J. Bart Day
, Executive Director of National Mission, Lutheran Church - Missouri SynodSimply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child gives a clear and practical introduction to Classical Christian education and its significance for children with significant physical and cognitive disabilities from Helen Keller to her own daughter, Michelle. The reader will be excited by the ideas and deeply moved by her story.
-Dr. E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado - Boulder, Author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition
As a classical educator, I have seen what classical education can do for my students; however, as a mother of a special-needs child, I was initially unsure whether this education was right for my own son. Cheryl Swope has convinced me that classical education truly is a beautiful education for every child. This book is a treasury of inspirational stories and practical advice. I am already seeing her ideas bear fruit in our home.-Joanna Hensley
, Latin Teacher; Homeschooling mother of a special-needs child
A classical education is like climbing a mountain, each child benefiting from whatever vistas he or she attains in that upward journey. Cheryl Swope shows us that the special-needs child benefits from the uplifting vision of a classical education as much if not more than those without learning challenges.... In doing so she has advanced the cause of classical Christian education by confounding its critics who claim it is only for the elite. -Cheryl Lowe, Author of Latina Christiana, First Form Latin; Founder of Highlands Latin School, Memoria Press
Cheryl Swope ostensibly writes about special education, but she also makes one of the clearest and most compelling cases for classical education in print. All children, including academically-challenged students, are human beings, and they deserve an education commensurate with that fact....If a child cannot accommodate the amount or depth of knowledge of most children, it is not less, but more important, that what they learn be of the highest quality.
-Martin Cothran, Editor of The Classical Teacher; Author of Traditional Logic, Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle
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Who Will Benefit From This Book?
Parents of special-needs children, whether the needs are mild and common, or more severe and complex -- Some may not have heard of "classical education," but they want the best possible education for their children. Others may be well-versed in classical education, but they wonder whether their special-needs children can benefit. This book was written especially for you.
Anyone interested in a straightforward explanation of classical Christian education -- Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child offers an accessible description of classical education and its implementation.
Teachers of special-needs students -- Whether in a tutorial setting, classroom, cottage school setting, home school, teachers of special-needs students will find encouragement, strategies, and resources in this book.
Families who wish to homeschool their special-needs children -- Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child offers support and recommendations from toddlerhood through high school.
Parents who wonder whether a specific child might need further assessment -- You will receive suggestions on informal and formal evaluations with screenings, charts, and tips for navigating the diagnostic process.
Classical school headmasters and teachers who know they are not meeting the educational needs of some struggling students -- Find support in these pages for bringing classical education to special-needs students, rather than ask such students not to return. Schools may wish to better integrate these students into classical classrooms or design a "school within a school" in which smaller classrooms, perhaps K-3 and 4-8, provide a much slower pace overall. With improved strategies and methods, struggling students can continue to receive a classical education.
Anyone already engaged in the excellent pursuit of bringing classical Christian education to any child -- This book is intended to encourage, inspire, and assist classroom teachers, homeschoolers, university professors, classical publishers, headmasters, and more.