What is a Classical Liberal Arts Education?
In a liberal arts approach the seven liberal arts Trivium and Quadrivium are incorporated. The Trivium are the three arts of language pertaining to the mind. These are LOGIC (art of thinking), GRAMMAR (art of inventing and combining symbols), RHETORIC (art of communication). The Quadrivium are the four arts of quantity pertaining to matter. These are ARITHMETIC (theory of number), MUSIC (application of the theory of number), GEOMETRY (theory of space), ASTRONOMY (application of theory of space).
Why are we using a Classical Liberal Arts Education?
A Classical Liberal Arts Education is knowledge and conscience based, conveying the idea of objective truth (God) that exists outside the human mind through beauty.
Western Civilization was built upon the Catholic and Aristotelian concept of knowledge as real and objective. The model which predominated Canadian and American schools up until the early 20th century was classical. Modern philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries rejected the existence of God and therefore sought a new model which led to the scepticism of knowledge itself. Math & Science became the only sort of true knowledge. Everything else is opinion and not worthy of classifying as knowledge or truth. The philosopher David Hume, for example, presents this reality purely: “If we take in hand any volume or metaphysics, for instance, let us ask: Does it contain any reasoning concerning quantity and number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matters of fact? Commit it then to the flames, for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.”