I can’t personally vouch for the following information, but the mention of one-room school houses caught my eye. And since I am an antique, I go back to that era and recall that as a barely 5-year-old first grader, I was learning 8th grade stuff in the little one-room school at Holcomb, Oregon, complete with a one-holer outhouse by the outer fence. When I finally ended up in high school, I was light years ahead of my peers.
Anyway, maybe the following will be of help to those thinking about home schooling.
Here it is: a new essay on Trivium learning.
LINK: Learning Skills and the Trivium by Jarett Sanchez
Coming in at 98 pages and over 21,000 words, this is practically a book unto itself, and it is available to you for FREE. This marks a new approach to liberal learning that makes it more accessible to a 21st century audience.
By focusing upon the various learning and study skills found in the Trivium (as well as adding a few from more modern sources) you can begin using the practical tricks of liberal education before learning the subjects themselves. This essay can be used to form study groups or to develop a curriculum for homeschooling families.
Below is just a small sample of what you will find, but there's so much more. Don't miss this opportunity to take your learning to the next level-- download it today!
IntroductionI believe that our education system in the United States is broken, and that if given the tools of learning, anyone can get a high quality education in a Do-It-Yourself manner without attending any college, or even high school. What you’ll read here is not found in any public school, and even though some homeschoolers have a certain version of it, they’ve never known it in this way. Nobody has, until now. This is a beginner’s guide to the liberal arts, known as the Trivium, which focuses on the practical skills instead of the academic subjects. It does not provide a curriculum of any kind. It also does not go into great depth on any of the three Trivium subjects—you will need textbooks and/or audio courses for that, there is no way around it. But where it lacks in complete detail and ready-made lesson plans, it makes up for in broad strokes and dependable outlines. You can get yourself started with just this essay and a little creativity.
This essay focuses on study skills. I prefer to call them “learning skills” because I studied a lot in school but I didn’t learn very much. I certainly didn’t learn that I could approach the learning of any subject in almost the exact same way. And I certainly didn’t learn that I could educate myself, to a very high degree, without going to college. Most of what I learned in school was memorized in the short-term in order to complete homework assignments and pass the tests. I had to jump through hoops—no real learning was required. Just enough memorization and understanding to fill in some blanks. Do you remember Algebra 2 or Chemistry still? Ten points if you do.
Once upon a time in the United States, there was a thing called the one-room school house, or Dame school, and it was unique because it put students of all ages in a large room together with a teacher acting as facilitator. She would provide basic instructions but as the older students learned the material, they would help to teach the younger students. While it wasn’t a perfect system, that attitude of more experienced students helping newer students learn runs through this entire essay. It wasn’t until Horace Mann introduced the Prussian model of education into United States schools that students were broken up into age groups and given lectures instead of hands-on instruction. The basic pattern set by Mann lingers with us to this day. The Prussian model of education was designed to make the population of Prussia docile and subservient to the will of the king. This is antithetical to the liberal attitude toward education (or the liberal attitude in general). It’s amazing how little we are taught about Horace Mann, considering the impact he had on education. I do not here propose a plan to introduce the Trivium into modern schooling, but I do think it worth raising the question, ”Is school completely necessary anymore?”
In this essay I provide you with over twenty study skills, many of which can be used right away. Taken together, these skills will develop within you the means to conquer any knowledge and learn any subject. Most say you should start by learning the Trivium subjects first—I don’t. People want to get into the method but they don’t know where to start, and they’re not ready to jump into the deep end first. What they need is a helping hand to show them a few moves before they swim off on their own, and this essay is that helping hand.
Discover the History of a subject
Finding the Argument
Reasoning: Deductive & Inductive
Compare Expectations to Experience
More & Further
The Rhetorical Triangle
Five Canons of Rhetoric
Topics of Invention
The three appeals
Kairos & Stasis