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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

3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0595381692
ISBN-10: 0595381693
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About the Author

Dr. Hart has been an educator for over 25 years, having served as an elementary, middle, and high school principal in Florida and Illinois. Recently he served for four years as the headmaster of The Geneva School, a classical Christian school located in Winter Park, Florida. Currently he serves as an administrator for Orange County Public Schools.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595381693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595381692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't understand the positive reviews for this book. I am, however, grateful to Amazon for letting me return it.

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).
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If you've ever wondered about the changes and the state of education, this good is a good summary of it. You are handheld and taken back hundreds of years and brought back safely to our time, being left with a clear picture of what education has achieved and not achieved and why. You are given a solution too. And the good thing is that you can implement the solution immediately.

Get it and read it to benefit from it. I'm so happy I did.
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I wanted a quick study of Classical education with direction and sources and I found one here!
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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