Welcome to Season 3 + A Giveaway

Welcome to season 3 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast! We are excited about this season and all we are going to learn together.

As many of you know, we spend a lot of time talking about David Hicks’ work, Norms & Nobility. Ashley and I have spent time reading it in the CiRCE Atrium & Apprenticeship as well as on our own, but let’s be honest, Norms & Nobility is hard! For many of us, one of the reasons we find it difficult is because we are not acquainted with the people and events Mr. Hicks discusses throughout the book. We thought it would be helpful if we spent some time changing that.

In season 3 of the Classical Homeschool Podcast, we are studying Richard Gamble’s ‘The Great Tradition: Classics Reading on What it Means to Be an Educated Human Being’ to help us understand the references David Hicks makes in his book, Norms & Nobility. We are focusing on one person each episode and what they had to say about education. Then we will look at how that new information helps open up various passages throughout Mr. Hicks book. The season will begin with an interview with Richard Gamble! Look for it on Friday, September 9th!

To celebrate, we are giving away one copy of Richard Gamble’s book! You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

If you are unfamiliar with The Great Tradition or Norms & Nobility, here is a description of each and links where you can learn more.

Here is what The Intercollegiate Studies Institute says about The Great Tradition.

“This acclaimed anthology reconstructs a centuries-long conversation about the goals, conditions, and ultimate value of true education.

Frustrated with the continuing educational crisis of our time, concerned parents, teachers, and students sense that true reform requires more than innovative classroom technology, standardized tests, or skills training. An older tradition—the Great Tradition—of education in the West is waiting to be heard.

You can read the whole description on the ISI Books website, where it also happens to be on sale for only $16.00.








Over at the Writer’s Circle on the Classical Conversations website, there is an excellent review of Norms & Nobility.

This is what Jennifer Courtney says. “How often do we stop and truly ponder why we are pursuing classical, Christian education? The Bible tells us that “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18, KJV). How often do we stop and renew our vision for our homeschool—the vision of classical, Christian education? David Hicks’ book Norms & Nobility: A Treatise on Education provides ample moments for contemplating how to educate the whole child—mind, body, and soul.” You can read the entire review here.

If you would like to read along with us this season, you can purchase a copy of Norms & Nobility here.







And now to enter the giveaway!

Simply leave us a comment, naming one question you have or a quote you have heard, related to classical education, that you would like to learn more about or hear discussed. Then fill out the following form.




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8 thoughts on “Welcome to Season 3 + A Giveaway”

  1. Hicks and many other classical educators insist the goal of education is virtue. I wholeheartedly agree, but it isn’t always easy to see how particular studies form virtue. How are academics related to virtue?

  2. I am struggling on how to approach science classically. I understand what I have read in the natural philosophy section of “The Liberal Arts Tradition” but I don’t know how to put it into practice. (I don’t have the budget to outsource or buy a comprehensive science curriculum). Any further reading or guidance would be appreciated. I am only homeschooling my youngest daughter, 14–stars high school next year.

  3. In an ideal world, is homeschool or school-school or some other model the best way to put the ideas of N&N to use for learners?

  4. I’m looking forward to exploring these topics alongside y’all this season. Thank y’all for the opportunity to delve a little deeper!

  5. In the prologue to his book, David Hicks talks about ‘the devastating influence of a materialistic and democratic society on education.’ I’d like to know how this would be addressed in preparing a student entering a secular college/university if there are no other options.

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