By Dr. Eric Howard, Board of Trustees Education Committee Chairman
Of our “3 Cs”, the concept of a Classical education can be most difficult to explain. This is why the board of trustees, in conjunction with the education and marketing committees, has been working on a clear and concise definition to encapsulate what we mean by “Classical Education,” so that all of us can more clearly articulate it to prospective families, and for our own edification. A few things it doesn’t mean: Classical education does not mean “more homework,” it doesn’t mean “studying only things that happened 500 years ago,” and it doesn’t mean “useless in today’s technologically driven society.”
It does mean that history, politics, society, language, scientific discovery, etc. are all intertwined, and it is essential to understand their relationships. It does recognize that God has wired the human brain to develop differently as we grow. A Classical education emphasizes that while facts are important (aspects of Grammar), the ability to analyze and make logical sense of information is also important (Logic), culminating in the ability to transform those facts into expressions of creativity (Rhetoric). A Classical education also emphasizes the fact that, regardless of our vocation, we will always have to present a studied opinion or debate about a “fact” with others who may not see eye to eye with us – either over an engineering design, a legal matter, the best word for a song, or why Jesus is the Christ.
Finally, a Classical education places a value not only on “facts,” but upon truth, beauty, and goodness. These adornments should be incorporated into both how and what we do, as is fitting for those working for a King. The Hill Country Board of Trustees is committed to our mission of providing a Christ-centered and Classical education to help prepare our young children and produce the young men and women who impact their world for the kingdom of our Risen Savior.
“It is a matter of great satisfaction to me to hope that my children will be in circumstances to receive a good education. Mine was defective and I feel the inconvenience, if not the misfortune of not receiving a classical education. Knowledge is the food of genius, and my son, let no opportunity escape you to treasure up knowledge.”—Sam Houston
“Isolating the student from large sections of human knowledge is not the basis of a Christian education. Rather it is giving him or her the framework for total truth, rooted in the Creator’s existence and in the Bible’s teaching so that in each step of the formal learning process the student will understand what is true and what is false and why it is true or false.”—Francis Schaeffer
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to rather to make man a more clever devil.”—C.S. Lewis