. . . I am convinced that we need to reclaim the idea
of teaching students skills, not subjects.
memorizing hundreds, perhaps thou-sands,;of;words;by;a;very;young;age.
Parents then object that their stu-dents;aren’t;naturally;gifted;in;languages.
people and some are language people.
equipped with the proper skills. Because
in previous generations (and in other
countries today) were taught the study
skills for learning any language. They
and conjugations (verb endings). They
learned to parse sentences in English and
with the jobs of each word in a given sen-tence.;They;learned;about;tenses,;voices,
and moods of verbs in their own language
so;that;they;weren’t;intimidated;by;learn-ing them in a new language.
Students in previous generations were
also skilled at making knowledge their
own. In a time in which there were no
forced to draw their own maps while
medical students were forced to draw
anatomical systems. It is wonderful to
video courses and online flashcards and
often;rob;us;of;the;true;mastery;of;ma-terial. Students should make their own
truly master the material. In order to
Testament, Nat Bowditch had to create
and homeschool families across the nation, the more I am convinced that we
need to reclaim the idea of teaching students skills, not subjects.;If;I;teach;my
desire to know. This emphasis instills
given them much more than knowledge
of Latin. I will have freed them to master
Leigh A. Bortins is author of the recently
published book The Core: Teaching Your
Child the Foundations of Classical Education. In addition, Ms. Bortins is the founder
and CEO of Classical Conversations, Inc.
and host of the weekly radio show, Leigh! At
Lunch. She lectures about the importance
of home education nationwide. She lives
with her family in West End, North Carolina. To learn more, visit her website, www
. classicalconversations.com, or her blog,
Latham,;Jean;Lee.;Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. New
Mohs, Karen. Latin’s Not So Tough Greek ’n’ Stuff,
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