What is Classical Education?


The trivium (Latin for “three ways”) consists of the first three of the seven great liberal arts, (the other four being arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy) and defines the core of learning for the k-12 grade, classically educated student.

The trivium was practiced during Greco-Roman times, formalized in the medieval period, and nearly universally embraced by educators in the English speaking world until the early 20th century. This method teaches with the natural grain of the developing child, recognizing three developmental stages of learning: grammar, logic (also called dialectic, and rhetoric.

Trivium-based education “organizes learning around the maturing capacity of a child’s mind” by using teaching methods and materials specific to each stage of development (Wise Bauer, The Well-Trained Mind, p. 3).

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