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Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning Paperback – April 12, 2006
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To succeed in the world today, students need an education that equips them to recognize current trends, to be creative and flexible to respond to changing circumstances, to demonstrate sound judgment to work for society's good, and to gain the ability to communicate persuasively.
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"Wisdom and Eloquence is an indispensable contribution to the literature of classical Christian education."
―E. Christian KopffAssociate Director, Honors Program; Director, Center for Western Civilization
"Evans and Littlejohn have written a remarkable treatise on education-a readable, practical, and encouraging discourse that demystifies and clarifies the purpose of a liberal education."
―D. Bruce LockerbieChairman, Paideia, Inc., Stony Brook, New York; author, A Christian Paideia: The Habitual Vision of Greatness
"The authors explore not just the methods but the content of a good Christian education. The book is full of great ideas, but it is also practical, drawing from the authors' years of experience as classical teachers and administrators."
―Gene Edward Veith Jr., author, Loving God with All Your Mind and Post-Christian
"For followers of Christ, a true education is always concerned with who we are, even more than what we know. Littlejohn and Evans help today's Christians-especially parents-to understand the essence of true education. Wisdom and Eloquence is a book for our times, our churches, and our children. Read, learn, and be inspired."
―R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Centennial Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Robert Littlejohn (PhD, Washington State University) has served as head of school at Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, since May of 2005. He previously served as the vice president for academic affairs at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. As a PhD biologist, he has authored two College Biology Laboratory texts and has published twenty-six reports of original research in refereed journals in the different fields. He is also a consultant to colleges and schools across the nation.
Charles T. Evans is the founder and senior partner of BetterSchools, LLC. In addition to his work as a private school management consultant, Evans also served for six years as the executive director of the Texas Private Schools Association. He is an adjunct instructor of higher education in the department of leadership, policy, and organization at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and an instructor in the Van Lunen Fellowship for Christian School Management at Calvin College. Evans currently lives in Austin, Texas.
- Publisher : Crossway (April 12, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1581345526
- ISBN-13 : 978-1581345520
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #193,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The education system is all wrong for the Democratic-Republican government that we inherited. So in search of answers to this revelation, I needed to find a book to guide me through some of the ideas that our education system is under, and not under. I choose this book, “Wisdom and Eloquence – A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning” as my first research book on education.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find this book includes very wide aspects of education; it uses history, (both ancient and modern), psychology, sociology, management theory, and philosophies from a world of different topics including of course, Christianity. I found very helpful in gaining knowledge about the field of education. The book is full of wisdom and insight.
I was quite intrigued with two chapters; “The Mathematical Arts and True Science” and “The Rhetoric Curriculum.” Here is a statement in the “The Mathematical Art…” chapter that fascinated me:
“Geometry forms the basis for our understanding of how we relate to and interacts with the physical world and has endless implications for our apprehension of truth, goodness, and beauty.”
I have never thought of geometry in this fashion, but I feel this statement is entirely true. To me, geometry is 80% logic, 20% imagination. If any subject should give students extra notoriety, extra gold stars and awards above the other subjects, it is geometry.
The appendixes in the back of the book should not be over looked by the reader; they read more like additional chapters rather than appendixes.
In the introduction of the book, asks “…why another book on Christian education?” The authors the answer this question: “Because things keep changing…Christian educators must be responsive to society’s changing needs so that our graduates are prepared to make a difference in the world…” Two points, the authors never lose sight of the end result or goals and they put forth several ideas along this line. Also, I do not believe this book is just for those involved in Christian schools. It would do well if the staff of public schools also read this book.
As for my opening statement, I wish only to suggested “The Liberal Arts Curriculum” listed in the book, should include the ‘Debates on the US Constitution' and that should be used as the center of all history classes; it branches of into Christianity, (which was important in the founding of our Republic) and into both the ancient and modern histories and philosophies from which lessons can actually be used by students when they finally get to self-governing our country.
Besides educators, I do recommend this book for those people who are life-long learners; I do believe they will enjoy it.
The book is largely the philosophy of education of the authors. They suggest the whole education of K-12 to have an objective, and with that end in mind to plan from the top – graduation – down. “We must look first to the desired end of the educational process, to the skills, knowledge, and virtues we want to be universally inherent in our graduates and determine how to get them there” (166). The Christian perspective must be kept in mind by educators: “We don’t produce these leaders (that is the work of the Holy Spirit), but we can encourage this potential by reminding ourselves and each other that all our students, whether they profess faith or not, are fashioned in God’s own image” (45). The authors go so far as to say the Christian school should have a Christian faculty:
A non-Christian teacher’s presuppositions, no matter how sympathetic toward or accepting he may be of Christian ethics, places him at odds with the Christian worldview, especially in metaphysics (one’s understanding of why and how things exist) and epistemology (one’s understanding of how we can know what we know). This is an unacceptable conflict that renders the Christian school’s mission ineffective and hypocritical. So, Christ must be the central reference point of the teacher’s life in a way that recognizes him as the active and irresistible Creator, Ruler, and Redeemer of the universe. The Christian teacher must also be committed to placing the welfare of others ahead of his own. (157)
Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning