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The Classical Method

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The classical method focuses on three stages of human brain development: grammar, logic and rhetoric (called the "trivium")

Stage 1: Grammar - From birth to age 12, the child is taught to read, write and listen.  The basic concepts of science are introduced, but only facts are given to memorize and not theoretical concepts because the child is still unable to reason.

Stage 2: Logic - From age 12 to 14, reasoning is introduced and critical thinking is encouraged.  The child learns to be analytical, comprehend abstract concepts and ask "why?"

Stage 3: Rhetoric - At high school age, the child learns to combine their critical mindset with traditional study methods.  They should be able to form complex arguments from learned information and test new theories.

The classical method includes formal instruction in logic, Greek, Latin and Western Literature.  Students learn by doing drill work, memorization and public speaking.  The goal of this method is to train leaders for the future and teach them to think for themselves.

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