Lessons of the Classical Education Movement
From Austin Storm
Quotations from Ian Lindquist's summary in National Affairs:
- To begin, replenishing social and human capital means boldly building educational institutions first and solving the challenges that attend them later. The need is pressing, especially for families who don't see any institutions that will allow them to prepare their children for the duties and responsibilities they will assume as adults. Challenges such as finding and training teachers, long-term school financing, and finding or producing the course materials that will need to be used a few years down the line can be solved in time.
- Second, American associations help communities to solve challenges over time. Associations may be best conceived as answers to questions or responses to challenges. They don't necessarily last forever, and the founding of organizations cannot always be foreseen years beforehand. Instead, they are responses to particular timely challenges.
- Third, the long view is the most important frame for seeing and understanding the success or failure of institutions that are in the business of generating social and human capital. Schools and families are best understood in terms of generations and centuries, not election or funding cycles.
- Fourth, communities and educational institutions that prepare students to live out their duties beyond the civic horizon are the essential substance, the lifeblood, of the American constitutional tradition and American civic life.
- Fifth and finally, the rejuvenation of durable, long-lasting institutions that will rebuild social and human capital will likely begin with this question: What does the family need to do its job of having and rearing children to the best of its ability? The family is the anchor of civic life. The institutions that make up the fabric of society, especially schools, will change based on the needs of the family in any given time.