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INCREASING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WITH THE TRIVIUM OF CLASSICAL EDUCATION: Its Historical Development, Decline in the Last Century, and Resurgence in Recent Decades 0th Edition
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For one thing, the book does not deliver on its title "INCREASING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WITH THE TRIVIUM OF CLASSICAL EDUCATION". In fact the book contains very little about the Trivium, which comprises the disciplines of grammar, logic and rhetoric. Indeed, in various places the author seems confused about what the Trivium and the other disciplines of classical education actually were. Thus on p. 39 (mid-page) we read "...liberal education (the quadrivium of grammar, dialectic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy)." Hello? Only the last four (hint "quad") comprise the quadrivium. Furthermore, there is virtually nothing about increasing academic achievement through classical education. Only the very end discusses classical education in the modern context, and there we're given no more than a rehash of Dorothy Sayers old, much-circulated article. What is this book really? Just a brief sketch of the history of classical Western Education - a sort of "Cliff Notes Gutek" - with an undergrad -level summary of Sayers tacked on at the end. That's it. Honestly, I don't think Hart has studied any of the Trivium disciplines himself or is conversant in them. Certainly this book doesn't indicate it.
Second, the book contains no original research or reflection. As far as I can tell, the author's discussion is based entirely on secondary sources. Hart doesn't seem to read Latin or Greek (it's amazing how many people who advocate classical education for others don't).Read more ›
Get it and read it to benefit from it. I'm so happy I did.
This a step-one book that will guide you through the history of classical thought and into the progressive/humanist era. Your education was not what you think it was...not at all doubleplusgood. The book promted me to create a classical cirricula for myself and my children. Four stars only because I wanted more "recommended reading" lists, etc.
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