Month: August 2011

In Defense of Latin

SOME CRITICS HAVE SAID that the value of Roman literature is that it has been the vehicle which conveyed Greek ideas to the world. The Romans took their art and, as far as their civilization rests on these, their civilization from Greece. Why, then, do we study Latin? Some of the reasons are given by Cicero …

Why First Start Reading?

First Start Reading is Memoria Press’ new phonics program that covers the kindergarten phonics we teach at Highlands Latin School. After completing First Start Reading, our first and second graders continue with Classical Phonics and Core Skills Phonics. So why another phonics program? Let’s face it. There are so many phonics programs out there that finding one is not the real …

Becoming as Rational as We Think We Are

G. K. Chesterton once said that the “whole modern world is at war with reason.” “The tower,” he added, “already reels.” In what sense can this be true? When we think of ourselves in all of our modern glory—unadulterated by the myths and superstitions of the past, don’t we think of ourselves as more informed, more enlightened, more rational than we …

Recovering the Lost Tools of Latin (Parts I & II)

  Progressive education began its destructive march through schools at the turn of the century, and the first thing it corrupted was Latin. In his book The Teaching of Latin and Greek, published in 1911, Dr. Charles Edwin Bennett describes the changes in Latin textbooks that had occurred over the previous two decades and contrasts them with the successful classical methods …