Are Classical Schools Elitist?

BaseCamp Live Episode #273: Are Classical Schools Elitist?

Episode Summary:

In a world where the idea of excellence can sometimes be misconstrued as elitism, classical education is often scrutinized. Uniforms, a rigorous curriculum, and a culture that upholds values of truth, goodness, and beauty can sometimes give off an impression of exclusivity. But is classical Christian education truly elitist? Join us in this episode of BaseCamp Live as we delve into this question with Megan Atherton, Program Director and Founder of Common Sense Classical, and explore why classical education is far from being elitist.

About Megan Atherton:

Megan Atherton is the Program Director and Founder of Common Sense Classical, a blog dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of classical education and making it accessible to all. A graduate of Hillsdale College and currently serving as the Student Affairs Coordinator at a K-12 classical school in Golden, Colorado, Megan has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between classical Christian education and prospective families. With her wealth of experience and passion for classical education, Megan is here to shed light on the misconception of elitism within classical schooling.

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Podcast Highlights:

  1. Understanding the Perception: Megan discusses the common misperceptions surrounding classical Christian education, particularly the misconception of elitism. She explains how aspects like uniforms and a challenging curriculum can sometimes contribute to this perception, but classical educators are far from elitist.
  2. Humility and Gratitude: Davies and Megan delve into the importance of humility and gratitude within classical Christian education. They emphasize that while classical educators uphold high standards of excellence, they recognize the vastness of knowledge and constantly strive to share it with others.
  3. The Empowerment of Classical Education: Contrary to the accusations of elitism, Megan highlights how classical Christian education empowers students from all backgrounds. She discusses how classical schools aim to prepare students for a life of meaning and flourishing independence, emphasizing virtues like civic responsibility and virtue.
  4. Accessibility and School Choice: Megan addresses the misconception that classical Christian education is only for the elite or gifted. She emphasizes that any student who desires to succeed can thrive in a classical school, provided they align with the mission and vision of classical education.
  5. Closing Thoughts: Davies and Megan conclude by reiterating the importance of understanding the true essence of classical Christian education. They emphasize that classical schools are not exclusive clubs but rather communities dedicated to sharing the love of knowledge and virtue with all students.

Resources to Delve Deeper:

Are Classical Schools Elitist? by Megan Atherton, Circe Institute