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Program offers introduction to 'classical' education

Posted: January 15, 2013 - 12:52am  |  Updated: January 16, 2013 - 12:08am

Breaking from the standard model of education, the Evans Classical Conversations community will hold an informational meeting for families seeking an alternative method for home educating.

The group will hold the meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church located at 4945 Hardy McManus Road. The meeting will provide parents with the opportunity to learn about and enroll their children into the program, administrator Kelli Graham said.

The program is a part of Classical Conversations, an organization based in North Carolina that provides curriculum and other materials. The program emphasizes a “Christian classical” model of learning that Graham described as following the classical model of education and broken down into three stages: grammar, logic and rhetoric. In each stage, children from grades K-12 memorize facts that pertain to each of these stages, with younger children beginning with grammar and older children finishing with rhetoric. The program combines the educational model with a biblical world view.

The method is very different from the educational methods used in public schools, Graham said.

“It stands apart from outcome-based, modern education in that we equip parents and children with the skills needed to learn any subject instead of teaching to the test or cramming information,” she said.

Now in its second year, Graham said the Evans community had grown from 20 families to 30 families. She said she is thrilled by this growth, as well as the education the children receive.

“Personally, as a mom, what’s excited me is watching my children learn to think and to question what they believe and to be able to guide them through it,” Graham said. “There’s a great quote from William Butler Yeats that says education should be the lighting of a fire not the filling of a bucket, and that’s what we want to do. We want to light that fire.”

For more information, contact Kelli Graham at kelli.c.graham@att.net or visit www.classicalconversations.com.

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