#31: Wesley Callihan on Erasmus

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Welcome to Season 3 of 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. This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition.

Wesley Callihan grew up on a farm in Idaho and graduated in History from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has taught for nearly thirty-five years – at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho; the University of Idaho; New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho; and at Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He speaks regularly at Classical Christian education conferences (CiRCE Institute in Houston, July 2017) for home educators and private schools, and has taught summer intensive Latin and other summer courses. His online Great Books course has been filmed by Roman Roads Media as a video curriculum called Old Western Culture. He has written columns and short fiction for Credenda/Agenda and Antithesis, and contributed to the book Classical Education and the Home School, (published by Canon Press). Schola Classical Tutorials, a program of live internet courses in the Great Books and the Classical Languages, began in the fall of 1997 and is his contribution to classical Christian education, as are his live residence programs at Hill Abbey (summer courses and year-long “gap year” program).

Wes and his wife Dani have six children, most of them married, and thirteen grandchildren. Wes and Dani live in an old farmhouse in northern Idaho near Wes’s parents and most of the kids and grandkids, where six generations of the family have lived on the same family farm. They use the cold winters as an excuse to read, and the hot summers as another excuse to read. Wes likes hiking and hunting, barbecuing, listening to the blues, gardening, movies, and travel (he has organized many tours for his students and their families to Greece and Turkey). But like the Venerable Bede he loves teaching, reading, and writing best of all.

“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 in this Episode

The Great Tradition by Richard Gamble
Norms and Nobility by David Hicks

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