Classical schools put Plato over iPad

Hmmm. Note to Mommies…

Schools of Thought

By Julia Duin, Special to CNN

(CNN) – In Maryland, a group of students ponder which depiction of the Nativity shows true beauty: A 14th-century Giotto, a 16th-century Barocci or a 20th-century William Congdon. The students are in seventh grade.

Outside Houston, second-graders learn Latin amid the Doric columns, Romanesque arches and the golden Renaissance hues of a gracious brick building.

And in West Tennessee, a first-grade classroom lists virtues — reverence, discipline, diligence and loving kindness — along with Aristotle’s “four questions,” a simplified version of the Greek philosopher’s four causes.

The students attend some of several hundred “classical” schools around the country — institutions designed to reflect the scholarship from the past three millennia of Western civilization, rather than the latest classroom trends.

Classical schools are less concerned about whether students can handle iPads than if they grasp Plato. They generally aim to cultivate wisdom and virtue…

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