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This essay was written by Sayers in 1947 in the post World War II era She makes a strong case for the classical Trivium Grammar, Dialectic, Rhetoricin today s parlance critical thinking Having been a product of this classical approach I can say that it is immensely helpful If you don t know how to think and express your thoughts coherently then life becomes a jumble of mindless movements.While some of her language is stilted with age, this essay is well worth the effort. This book was a great defense of how we should educate our children from infancy to their late teens Dorothy Sayers herself was privileged to have a father who was the chaplain for Christ Church at the University of Oxford Sayers was born in the nineteenth century in a time when women were still not allowed to receive college degrees from Oxford Despite that, I love how her father had a vision for his daughter to be educated It obviously affected her She passionately argued for a return to This book was a great defense of how we should educate our children from infancy to their late teens Dorothy Sayers herself was privileged to have a father who was the chaplain for Christ Church at the University of Oxford Sayers was born in the nineteenth century in a time when women were still not allowed to receive college degrees from Oxford Despite that, I love how her father had a vision for his daughter to be educated It obviously affected her She passionately argued for a return to how humans use to be educated for centuries On page three she writes, If we are to produce a society of educated people, fitted to preserve their intellectual freedom amid the complex pressures of our modern society, we must turn back the wheel of progress some four or five hundred years, to the point at which education began to lose sight of its true object, towards the end of the Middle Ages The Trivium, taught throughout ten to twelve years, was broken into three parts Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric The book goes into detail about the content of these subjects and even recommends ways to teach these subjects age appropriately so students get it Sayers believes that the standards have become to low for students and to think this was written in 1948 I have truly become convinced that what she writes is true Now being a father and wishing I personally had a classical education growing up, I will be raising my son in this approach Read this book There are a lot of people who are huge fans of this essay it is reallyof an essay than a book but in it Sayers is really just rehashing ideas presented many years before by John Henry Newman Newman was a leader in the Oxford movement in England and wrote extensively on education Sayers work is her own interpretation of that work and simply no where near as good Both works call for a return to the foundations of a classic education, though even this Sayers re interprets a bit There is There are a lot of people who are huge fans of this essay it is reallyof an essay than a book but in it Sayers is really just rehashing ideas presented many years before by John Henry Newman Newman was a leader in the Oxford movement in England and wrote extensively on education Sayers work is her own interpretation of that work and simply no where near as good Both works call for a return to the foundations of a classic education, though even this Sayers re interprets a bit There is some good to be found in Sayers work, but you would be better served to read Newman s The Idea of a University which is available fromfor free Thomas Sowell put it, The problem isn t that Johnny can t read The problem isn t even that Johnny can t think The problem is that Johnny doesn t know what thinking is he confuses it with feeling My mother taught for 15 years at one of the better schools in the county, and often lamented the inability and or unwillngness of students to think critically As I began teaching and mentoring high school age, I saw what she meant I ordered this on audio and listened to it two times through I fou Thomas Sowell put it, The problem isn t that Johnny can t read The problem isn t even that Johnny can t think The problem is that Johnny doesn t know what thinking is he confuses it with feeling My mother taught for 15 years at one of the better schools in the county, and often lamented the inability and or unwillngness of students to think critically As I began teaching and mentoring high school age, I saw what she meant I ordered this on audio and listened to it two times through I found it mind boggling and paradigm shifting It was of particular interest to me that Sayers gave this lecture in 1947 it could very well be for today, and how muchso with what the internet vomits out at our young people continuously, let alone the yellow journalism and editorials which pass as news.My personal observation is that we have made the public schools, their unionized teachers, and other tax funded extensions of the State sacred cows In this way, they are inoculated against legitimate criticism, and thereby reform Instead, they become political weapons, chiefly for Leftists And, incidentally, I do think there are remarkable teachers out there that happen to care very much they are often functioning in a very broken and yes, corrupted, system There are also a great deal of bad teachers out there, and not just poor educators, but bad people in our region hardly a district remains untouched from recent teacher sexual abuse it is pandemic Yet where is the outcry As for the structure of learning advocated here by Sayers, I find hers a logical argument What percentage of classically trained students are high functioning members of society in comparison to their counterparts Has anyone undertaken such a study I myself know an increasing number of families who have homeschooled, specifically in classical education, and they easily outshine many of their peers in manners, maturity, and drive All of them are in some sort of higher education or entrepreneurs But that s again an observation, not strict evidence to the infallibility of Sayers argument.This I do know that education today is a far cry from what Noah Webster and other founders declared it to be, and what they saw as its endgoal to read, study and enjoy the holy scriptures, and thereby better know their Creator I m acquainted with Horace Mann and the Boston Unitarians and their role in socially engineering the education system I ve also studied the statistics of what happened when prayer was removed from public schools farthan just symbolic and secular humanism moved in to fill the vacuum For we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armour was never so necessary By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words They do not know what the words mean they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects The main point of Sayers essay, that learning to learn isimportant than learning per se, is a good one and a principle I was,or less, brought up on Somehow, it shuman slower,careful andeternal facing why cram before the exam why cram before death It s particularly relevant today, when ignorance is regarded as a root cause for much most misery in the world cramming doesn t help Just look at the students after cramming Zombie movies could get inspir The main point of Sayers essay, that learning to learn isimportant than learning per se, is a good one and a principle I was,or less, brought up on Somehow, it shuman slower,careful andeternal facing why cram before the exam why cram before death It s particularly relevant today, when ignorance is regarded as a root cause for much most misery in the world cramming doesn t help Just look at the students after cramming Zombie movies could get inspiration Regarding the classical approach she advocates I haven t thought enough about it to say anything worthwhile right now, but it certainly seems to havegoing for it than whatever educators now think they are doing Sayers writes with a clarity which besides being a pleasure to read indicates a lot of thinking happened before the essay always a Good Thing One last thing I particularly liked was the emphasis on the connectedness of knowledge, perhaps because I work in science something that is, if we ask the gurus, singularly remarkable for its unified and confident grasp of Truth and find that it is not so unified as all that For example, upon being limited by specialization, we talk about inter disciplinary science and consequently miss the whole point So, looking back on a rather long review for a rather short essay, I guess it exemplifies Sayers tendency to intellectual provocativeness Favorite quote For we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words They do not know what the words mean they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back they are a prey to words in Favorite quote For we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words They do not know what the words mean they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects We who were scandalized in 1940 when men were sent to fight ard tanks with rifles, are not scandalized when young men and women are sent into the world to fight massed propaganda with a smattering of subjects and when whole classes and whole nations become hypnotized by the arts of the spell binder, we have the impudence to be astonished Must read for educatorsOur modern education system is failing, deaf to change, and far from truth Christians have either been naive or ignorant, and regardless of either at this point, are complicit in propping up public education Public education is archaic and out of touch with reality This is simply a must read. Very similar to my own views on education. {READ BOOK} å The Lost Tools of Learning ì In , Dorothy Sayers first delivered this speech at Oxford University It has since been republished countless times due to its sheer eloquence and unanswered articulation of thelost tools in classical education grammar, logic and rhetoric Thought provoking essay on the importance of classical education and its advantage over modern teaching methods Here s a snippet Has it ever struck you as odd, or unfortunate, that today, when the proportion of literacy is higher than it has ever been, people should have become susceptible to the influence of advertisement and mass propaganda to an extent hitherto unheard of and unimaginedHave you ever, in listening to a debate among adult and presumably responsible people, been frette Thought provoking essay on the importance of classical education and its advantage over modern teaching methods Here s a snippet Has it ever struck you as odd, or unfortunate, that today, when the proportion of literacy is higher than it has ever been, people should have become susceptible to the influence of advertisement and mass propaganda to an extent hitherto unheard of and unimaginedHave you ever, in listening to a debate among adult and presumably responsible people, been fretted by the extraordinary inability of the average debater to speak to the question, or to meet and refute the arguments of speakers on the other sideAnd when you think of this, and think that most of our public affairs are settled by debates and committees, have you ever felt a certain sinking of the heartIs not the great defect of our education today a defect traceable through all the disquieting symptoms of trouble that I have mentioned that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils subjects, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think they learn everything, except the art of learning