#02: Defining David Hicks’ Classical Education

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Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom.

In this episode, we are discussing David Hicks’ definition of classical education on page 18, “Classical Education is not, preeminently, of a specific time or place. It stands instead for a spirit of inquiry and a form of instruction concerned with the development of style through language and of conscience through myth. The key word here is inquiry.”

The “spirit of inquiry” calls us to evaluate the level of curiosity we have and how we cultivate curiosity with the environment around us. We talk about how our children have helped us to revive our wonder reconnecting with the foundations of wisdom. The liberal arts help us to engage our wonder and curiosity in order to perceive the good, the True, and the beautiful. The “forms of instruction” help us to develop our perceptions to the order that God has commanded as well as being able to communicate in the language and mathematics to our fellow man.

Towards the end we get to the practical points about how we are engaging in the spirit of inquiry and forms of instruction in our homeschools. Enjoy the show!


“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV



Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Norms and Nobility by David Hicks

Circe Atrium

Circe Apprenticeship

Kim Dever’s blog: Juniper and Willows

Sarah Mackenzie’s: Focus and Align Course

Jennifer Dow’s blog: Expanding Wisdom

The Liberal Arts Tradition by Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark

Leisure: the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

Euclid’s Geometry

Sarah Mackenzie’s blog: Amongst Lovely Things


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This episode is sponsored by Between The Linens and The Online Scriptorium. Have you been able to join in the Online Scriptorium yet? If you haven’t, it is a fun hour on Crowdcast where a group of ladies get together to share our love of commonplacing and reading. Last month, we shared and read several favorite poems in between discussing how we would capture them in our commonplace books. This month we are diving into an excerpt of Plutarch’s essay, “On the Virtues of Women”. We would love to see you there even if you have no experience with Plutarch or commonplacing. It is really about building a community to practice the process of Lectio Divina as it was meant to be practiced, in community and with all types of literature! The next scriptorium is on October 19th at 9:00 pm EDT.


2 thoughts on “#02: Defining David Hicks’ Classical Education”

  1. I’m so intrigued by the “daily 6” journal prompts mentioned in this episode but the link to Sarah’s blog is no longer working. Could you share the questions again, please?

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