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There are moments of 2 stars but of 4 stars over all I liked the recasting of the trivium as Remembering, Thinking, Speaking There are many other great moments, quotes and insights that make it so worthwhile.The downsides are to do with the explicit Roman Catholicism, downgrade of Scripture, acceptance of evolutionary science, and openness to other religions arriving at the truth. I was really looking for authority and clarity in Caldecott but I have to say that I am disappointed Yes, Caldecott brilliantly points out Simone Weil s insight that the final end of education is to prepare people to to give loving attention to God in prayer I could not agree He rightly points out that education needs the collaboration of two people, as Newman said in The Idea of a University, not individuals He also says Classical Education, the traditional Christian method, can be reduced into remembering, thinking and communicating Does he mean to moderate the influence of books like Climbing Parnassus that would base education solely on Greek and Latin works with no modern works or of punitive systems I think so, but he is not clear enough for the general public Does he mean to say that biology is unimportant when he praised the use of imagination in Jesuit memory palaces I doubt that I rather think he means it to be a organic process not just drill Yet, he is not clear enough See what Aquinas said about the connection between facts and prudence Also, because he seems to spend most of his time speaking to the classical brick mortar schools, he does not go in depth enough into the problems of parents choosing secular or Waldorf education After all, few Catholic schools are directed by people trying to get kids to contact spirits, even if the kids are using Waldorf techniques like drawing without lines and singing without tone Yet if as he admits homeschoolers are becoming a cultural force, I wonder why he does not address himself to parents His caveats to unschooling are really not well connected and specific at all You can t teach someone to draw without drawing something As I watch a myriad of my friends losing sight of the true focus of education, demanding rigor or technology or freedom from things, I keep hoping authoritative sources will appear Educational pundits are missing the boat by not educating the parents first. Stratford Caldecott has yet again proved to amaze me again because I ve already read his book, Beauty for Truth s Sake His previous book focuses on the Quadrivium of the Seven Liberal Arts This book focuses on the Trivium of the Seven Liberal Arts The book is amazing because he reimagines or, to use his words, creatively reinterprets Caldecott, 133 the Trivium in terms we re not used to thinking about it.Grammar he likens to mythos, remembering, truth, the Father, and that which is given Dialectic he likens to logos, thinking, Goodness, the Son, and that which is received Rhetoric he likens to ethos, speaking, the Beautiful, the Spirit, and that which is shared Some of these likenings are easier to imagine, others take some work He paints a beautiful picture, however, to make the task easier He is a Catholic, and that comes out in this text than the previous, but that s okay He s not afraid to speak about things in terms of his Catholic thinking So he warns us not to educate children to be too literal with the Bible, he wants liturgy a shout out to James K.A Smith and catechesis to be a foundational element in that education, and objective truth to be assumed in it.The book is thought provoking on many levels, and will ask you to reimagine your own thoughts about the Trivium, especially if your familiarity with it comes primarily from Dorothy Sayers important essay I do not think you will be disappointed should you make the time to read this book. As someone in the homeschooling trenches, I love a book that can help guide my vision while also giving me specifics on how to accomplish that vision This book does that It gave me new insights into the Trivium and the importance of directing my children s hearts toward God Caldecott gives his own spin to Grammar, Dialectic and Rhetoric in a beautifully written way The book incorporates a lot of wisdom.However much of the practical advice he gives such as making sure children read and are read the books and stories that are the foundation of our culture, obtain access to nature, practice art, etc is already incorporated into the days of most homeschoolers I know Although the advice is nothing new, it s good to be reminded of the value of such activities.Also, Caldecott is Catholic and is primarily addressing Catholic educators, which I am not But, as the author himself says, We need not fear to recognize beauty in another person s beliefs I am bothered by his declaring the Bible to be subordinate to liturgy and his espousals of John Paul II s views on evolution. I d rate this a 3.5, but rounded up on account of the many profound passages that I enjoyed It s quite possible that familiarizing myself with these concepts over the past 4 years has contributed to my lack of excitement while reading of the same information on education it was great for refreshing For a book that s supposed to be about the Trivium, it isn t about the Trivium all that much Half of it felt like a defense of Roman Catholicism than a book on classical education And while there were some things that I liked about the book, I came away unsure of what its main points are since it was really all over the place I liked Caldecott s book on the Quadrivium, but if you re looking to understand the Trivium, Littlejohn s Wisdom and Eloquence or Clark s The Liberal Art s Tradition are both better options.Rating 2 Stars Inconsistent. |E-PUB ☼ Beauty in the Word ♷ What Is A Good Education What Is It For To Answer These Questions, Stratford Caldecott Shines A Fresh Light On The Three Arts Of Language, In A Marvelous Recasting Of The Trivium Whereby Grammar, Dialectic, And Rhetoric Are Explored As Remembering, Thinking, And Communicating These Are The Foundational Steps Every Student Must Take Towards Conversion Of Heart And Mind, So That A Catholic Faith Can Be Lived Out In Unabashed Pursuit Of The True, The Good, And The Beautiful Beauty In The Word Is A Unique Contribution To Bringing These Bountiful Aspects Of The Real Back To The Center Of Learning, Where They Rightfully Belong If Your Concern Is For The True Meaning Of Education For Your Children, Here Is The Place To Begin Those Responsible For New Initiatives In Catholic Schooling Have A Chance To Recreate The Inner Spirit Of Education And Not Just Its Outer Frame They Will Not Easily Find A Programme Inspirational Than The One Presented Here Aidan Nichols Stratford Caldecott Offers A Rare Combination Of Intelligence And Profound Vision, Yet Combines This With Accessibility And Luminous Transparency Catherine Pickstock So beautiful, and I basically underlined the whole book It discusses the personalist philosophy that should be the foundation of education, specifically Catholic education, while leaving open the application for further development Very interesting This is a highly philosophical text, though it does try to recast the ages and stages model of classical education into something practical and integrated remembering, thinking, and communicating as well as noble the education of the heart It is not intended to be a curriculum model, however, but rather a philosophical framework, specifically for Catholic education and it does assume some familiarity with philosophy and classical education on the part of the reader If one can slog through the highly theoretical bits and read with discernment the emphasis on Catholic dogma, the acceptance of evolutionary science pp 78 79, 102 , the subordination of scripture to liturgy p 102 , and the relativistic conception to faith p 117 though perhaps he is merely Clementine than Tertullian in his approach , they will glean a bit of truth, beauty, and goodness from its pages. Caldecott is a powerful voice, leading the resurgence of classical education in Catholic schools A must read for any parent teacher interested in giving children an education that sets them free to become fully alive human persons rather than today s standard trade school mentality of producing valuable cogs in the state s economic wheel of consumerism.