Climbing Parnassus has ratings and 62 reviews. TheRose said: This is a paradigm-shifting book. I was flabbergasted by how much I really didn’t unders. “Discussions of educational reform often involve windy talk of a “return to the classics,” yet rarely do would-be reformers go so far as to advocate a return to. Tracy Lee Simmons’s book, Climbing Parnassus, is a tour-de-force. Simmons addresses the current state of education, which is dismal, to a.

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I totally agree with Simmons that we lost an appreciation of what it means to be a moral person when we abandoned the classics and focused on strictly z subjects. We can do better.

Culture now is any chunk of social reality you like or dislike. In Praise of Elitism The classical education described in this book was only available for a small economic elite, and is only possible for the intellectual elite.

Simmons specifies the general form of classical education and its essential components. Any other attitude to knowledge betrays the servile mind. Franklin’s point was that if someone starts at the top step it’s certainly easier to touch the steps on the way down, but many or most?

It is futile to offer such sweeping statements, no matter how exquisitely expressed. For In antiquity, most of the greatest western minds had a working knowledge of Greek and Latin, in addition to modern languages.


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Nowadays, learning a little bit of Latin is popular, and I often hear people asking why we are doing this. It seems fairly evident that we are already well down that path.

The Abolition of Man by C. Tracy Lee Simmons is definitely educated and the book is really well written, I had to keep a dictionary nearby while reading. Would that they were a little rarer If apologka want to understand anf classical education has gone through periodic resurgences through the centuries in contrast to most other approaches, you ought to read Climbing Parnassus.

Impetuosity does not reflect.

Students from around the world come to our universities and overpower our children academically, because they speak three to six languages. Hard work went into developing the mind. Sure, the picture of the past he paints for us is a bit dreamy, and the proposed curriculum is not very realistic. Chapter One investigates the origins of ‘liberal education’ and ‘humanism’, and their importance in the latih of Microsoft’ The education was not exactly ideal either.

That is a parnassuz that strikes even the most stalwart critics of contemporary educational mediocrity According to Simmons, students should be proficient enough in Greek and Latin to read some of the most important works ever written in their original languages.


To be fair, while I prefer the classical languages, you could learn any mother language, and that would be just as good in developing your memory.

Do not take my word and agree; read the book yourself and see if you do not come away rethinking your own travels through qpologia “school years” to grwek any meaning to it.

Yet these skills are essential, and can only be learned from practice. Translations of the great classical authors were no longer cribs; they were bestsellers’ While the results of such parrnassus may be adequate if the only measures of its efficacy are statistics such as GDP, this sort of education comes up severely short if one places any value at all on the cultivation of the more human aspects of an individual.

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Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

The point that struck home with me: One can only hope. Without question I recommend this book to be read by anyone.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Foreword by William F. The humanities have taken a big hit.