In our fourth series, we will be reading through selected authors from The Great Tradition, edited by Richard M. Gamble, which is a collection of “classical readings on what it means to be an educated human being.” Each week we will discuss an original work from a classical author and discuss its implications for classical Christian education today.

Series 4: Episode 1 – What does Plato say about education?

In our first episode of this series, we discuss selections from Book 5, 6 and 7 of Plato’s Republic. We consider how the allegory of the cave connects to education. Additionally, we discuss the tripartite soul and other features of education for the polis that Plato outlines in the Republic.

What does authority have to do with leadership? As humans, we want leaders, but we often do not want authorities. As we learn to live in community in classical Christian schools, we often find ourselves in states of confusion over what authorities to trust and how to lead well. In this series, we hope to empower community leaders, parents, administrators, teachers, and students at classical Christian schools to steward authority well as they lead.

In our second series, we discuss the claim that classical Christian education is about formation. Such a goal is at odds with the modern, fragmented understanding of education aiming merely at conveying information. We hope that if this claim puzzles you, that you will follow our conversations to discover the fullness that comes when we see education as formation.

In our first short series, we discuss the concept of “aporia” at length – how this word inspired the podcast, how it appears in both scripture and ancient philosophy, and how we have experienced “aporia”. This is a great place to start if you are new to the podcast.