This five-week summer seminar course will offer an overview of teaching through the classics. Participants will be guided through a selection of readings covering the three modes of teaching, their origins in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, and their modern manifestation in Mortimer Adler’s “Three Columns” (didactic teaching, coaching, and Socratic teaching). Students will also learn the best method for teaching reading, mathematics, and penmanship, the classical languages, and the trivium subjects of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, as well as the proper teaching of the humanities and the natural sciences. Participants will gain a basic knowledge of important pedagogical debates such as the content/process debate, the phonics/whole language debate, the competing strategies of reading instruction, and issues in the debate between traditional education and progressivism. Popular contemporary pedagogies will be critically analyzed with specific attention to “whole word” reading and “new math.”
Format: 5-Week recorded course
Who may enroll? Open to public
Credit: Certificate for 10 Hours Professional Development
Professional Development Students: A Defense of Latin and Classical Education and other assigned weekly readings that will be supplied to students.
During the live course, Master’s Students were assigned a selection of texts, short reading summaries, a paper, and a collaborative discussion forum. The complete Master’s Student assignments are listed in the course and were drawn from the sources below. You may optionally complete the Master’s readings and assignments. (Master’s Credit is not issued for the recorded course.)
Book List for Master’s Students:
- Rhetoric by Aristotle (selections)
- Why Knowledge Matters by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. (Selections)
- The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them by E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
- Why Johnny Can’t Read by Rudolf Flesch
- Why Johnny Can’t Add: The Failure of the New Math, by Morris Kline (free online)
- How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
- Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning by Jacques Barzun
Meet the Tutor
Martin Cothran is the Director of the Classical Latin School Association and the editor of Memoria Press’ The Classical Teacher magazine. He is the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin. Martin is a former Latin, logic, and rhetoric instructor at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now part of Trinity University). He is widely quoted on educational issues and other issues of public importance, and is a frequent guest on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight,” a weekly public affairs program. He has appeared on PBS Nightly News and NBC News and has been quoted on public policy issues in USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Examiner and many other publications.