I’ve been reading The Great Tradition, slowly, as one of my morning reads. This week I arrived at the selection from Martin Luther, an excerpt from “To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany.” I was struck by these words:
For my part, if I had children and could manage it, I would have them study not only languages and history, but also singing and music together with the whole of mathematics. For what is all this but mere child’s play? The ancient Greeks trained their children in these disciplines; yet they grew up to be people of wondrous ability, subsequently fit for everything…
…My idea is to have the boys attend such a school for one or two hours during the day, and spend the remainder of the time working at home, learning a trade, or doing whatever is expected of them. In this way, study and work will go hand-in-hand while the boys are young and able to do both.
Doesn’t this sound ideal? An atmosphere of learning that is enjoyable, thorough, and practical.
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