What Is Classical Education?


From Cheryl Swope | June 17, 2019 |

One of my favorite speaking sessions is “Classical Christian Education: Beautifully Defined.” This is also my most well-attended session, no matter where I speak. I think we are hungry for beauty.

In the classical tradition we speak of speak of this triad: truth, goodness, and beauty.

In the Christian tradition, we know that all of this has been created, redeemed, and fulfilled for us in Christ.

After one of my sessions someone asked me for a copy of my definition. I share this here:

“A classical Christian education is a formative education designed to incline the student to truth, goodness, and beauty through the liberal arts and sciences guided by the great art, music, literature, and ideas of Western civilization — all enfolded by the merciful assurance of Jesus Christ as the sufficient sacrifice for our sins and the eternal fulfillment of truth, goodness, and beauty for us.” –Cheryl Swope

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. –Colossians 1:19-20


We explore all of this further and offer help for teaching in this manner here:

See also full curriculum packages and individual resources preschool through high school, including online:

Find full curriculum packages and individual resources for children with special needs (dyslexia, autism, ADHD, ID) provided sequentially by an ability:


If I can help in any way, please email cherylswope@memoriapress.com or visit our free online discussion forums @ MemoriaPress.com.


cathedral image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay


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