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VIRTUE Magazine — Pedagogy

Each issue of Virtue will have articles and interviews from the nation’s leading intellectuals; profiles of outstanding teachers, alumni, and students; succinct descriptions of classical education—what, how, and why we teach the liberal arts; essays by leading academic scholars, relating their work to classical education; and an assortment of topics to keep us all thinking afresh, as we continue to pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty. 

K-12 classical is shaping the minds and hearts of the next generation: recovering the lost tools of argument that can renew and improve civic discourse; enlisting and training good men and women to serve as models for our children; exploring the craft of language, number, science, and the arts, in the development of creative intelligence; and constantly deepening our understanding of the wisdom of the ages.

Arguing can be a negative word in our culture, creating images of raised voices, strained faces, and slammed doors. In our day of media wars, Facebook flames, and Twitter bashing, it might seem that the one thing we need less of is arguing.

Good teachers demonstrate in their instruction a knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the school. Additionally, they exhibit the value of learning for its own sake and cultivate a sense of wonder and delight in their students and in themselves.

Classical schools look at classic texts and teach students to make distinctions between what is always true and what is bound by time or culture.

William Wordsworth (1770–1850) was one of the founders of English Romanticism and among the most influential English-language poets of all time. He served as Poet Laureate of England, until his death in 1850.

Nowadays, “craft” tends to evoke either products targeted for niche markets or projects made by hand at home. The former can be abused for marketing ends by corporations whose methods resemble nothing like artisanal practices; the latter conveys a diminutive, often gendered, sense of isolated production.

For many teachers, classical education is a surprising discovery. Finding the liberal arts as the tools of learning, the great books as a truly integrated curriculum, and wisdom as the desired educational outcome, is like happening upon an educational oasis in a desert of test preparation, vapid content, and concern for status and material gain. Weary teachers come to the source and drink deeply, and, for a time, they think they have simply uncovered a new perspective.

Virtue is the flagship publication of the Great Hearts Institute. It disseminates stories, ideas, research and experiences in classical education to readers across the nation, helping them pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty.

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