During the middle school years,;our;children’s;physical bodies;grow;rapidly.;In;our culture;today,;too;many;par-ents;and;educators;neglect;the;rapid;in-tellectual;and;spiritual;growth;that;is;also
advance toward adulthood.
At this age, children usually have a
world. In order to gain understanding
with good books and with loving adults
who will guide them to ask good questions, to get answers, and to ask more
As educators, we have a decision to
make: We can either believe that the
purpose of an education is to prepare
wise,;virtuous;citizen-leaders.;If;we;be-lieve that our sole mission is to train our
with teaching them how to think well. If
we believe that all of our children must
themselves and others well, then we must
train them to think well.
In a modern education, there is much
talk of giving our children “critical think-
ing skills.” Usually this translates into a
teacher assigning a child to work through
a variety of brainteasers in a workbook.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not opposed
them very much. However, we cannot
deceive ourselves into thinking that these
kinds of exercises train our children to
In a classical, Christian education, tutors and mentors believe that students
must learn to reason well. We believe that
from the animals. We are able to “think
be taken in by false teachers. The logical
Asking Good Questions
will guide them to ask good questions, to get answers, and to ask more questions.