Today we are reviewing the tape of a 2019 interview with Dr. David Diener, headmaster of Hillsdale Academy and professor of education at Hillsdale College. In his dual role of school leader and scholar, Dr. Diener brings a unique perspective to the work of K-12 classical education, in that the understands first-hand how practitioners and scholars can collaborate to the mutual benefit of both.
Dr. Diener also provides some good advice to parents seeking to determine what kind of school is best for their children. He begins with the end in mind: “all education has a goal for the kind of person a child is to become…and a school will affect that outcome. The goal of classical education is to turn out students who are virtuous and wise.” (Reminds us of David Brooks’ reflections of resume virtues compared to eulogy virtues—namely, the characteristics you’d present for your next job interview, as compared with those you’d like mentioned at your funeral.)
So, take a look at the interview with Dr. Diener, and let us know your thoughts (comments below) on how virtue and wisdom can recovered as the ultimate ends of education.