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The Liberal Art of Rhetoric (PT. 4)

Why do we need the art of rhetoric today? The fear of public speaking is known as glossophobia. And pretty much everywhere I look, the statistic given is that 74% of people today suffer from some form of speech anxiety. 74%, virtually 3 in 4 modern people! It is the highest ranked phobia, followed by […]

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The Liberal Art of Dialectic (PT. 3)

In this blog article series we are exploring the trivium, the three arts of language, what Dorothy Sayers called the lost tools of learning. These arts are not subjects, that is, topics of study unto themselves, like American Government or Biology. Rather, the classical liberal arts are more like intellectual skills or virtues that, when mastered, enable students […]

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The Liberal Arts of the Trivium (pt. 1)

The liberal arts have fallen on hard times. Of course, I don’t mean that bachelor’s degrees from liberal arts colleges are in decline. The presidents of liberal arts colleges across the nation can wax eloquent about the importance of the “liberal arts,” by which they mean general studies, rather than a purely technical job-focused degree. […]

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Why Do We Teach Logic at Clapham?

How classes on logic catalyze students for deep yet humble understanding. By Brian Kelly Class Six and Middle School Latin Teacher As the Class Six teacher, I have the opportunity to introduce students into the massive realm of logic, whether it is for formal logical deductions or informal logical fallacies. Students have had a taste […]

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Joyful Discovery at Clapham: Why Recitation?

By Julie Reynolds, Director of Curriculum Recitation is one way we cultivate poetic knowledge at Clapham. How many of us still remember the verses memorized as a child in the beautiful words of the King James Version?  What images have been formed in our hearts from lines like “Hope is the thing with feathers that […]

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