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I cannot give this book any stars Not because I m upset to have read it in any way Not because I don t think it s a valuable read for one in my profession But mostly because it was mostly beyond me Oh, there were parts that I enthusiastically agreed with, that I understood quite well, but there were also parts where the underpinnings of philosophical and or theological thought undid me thoroughly It took me a long time to read I was often intimidated by the Roman Catholic ness of the wo I cannot give this book any stars Not because I m upset to have read it in any way Not because I don t think it s a valuable read for one in my profession But mostly because it was mostly beyond me Oh, there were parts that I enthusiastically agreed with, that I understood quite well, but there were also parts where the underpinnings of philosophical and or theological thought undid me thoroughly It took me a long time to read I was often intimidated by the Roman Catholic ness of the work Not being in that faith tradition, it s often foreign and like jumping across slippery rocks to understand the implications that Caldecott was indicating As a Reformed Protestant, his particular concern that liturgy trump scripture I found difficult to reconcile.This is a book to come back to, I suppose I appreciate those who have wrestled with Caldecott s ideas ahead of me like Cindy Rollins and translated many of them particularly Remembrance I cannot rate it because I struggled with it so much over so long a time 2 years and it s a short book I m glad I ve read it I m almostglad I ve finished it The deficiencies are all mine and I do recommend wrestling with it I plan to do so again Someday As someone in the homeschooling trenches, I love a book that can help guide my vision while also giving me specifics on how to accomplish that vision This book does that It gave me new insights into the Trivium and the importance of directing my children s hearts toward God Caldecott gives his own spin to Grammar, Dialectic and Rhetoric in a beautifully written way The book incorporates a lot of wisdom.However much of the practical advice he gives such as making sure children read and are r As someone in the homeschooling trenches, I love a book that can help guide my vision while also giving me specifics on how to accomplish that vision This book does that It gave me new insights into the Trivium and the importance of directing my children s hearts toward God Caldecott gives his own spin to Grammar, Dialectic and Rhetoric in a beautifully written way The book incorporates a lot of wisdom.However much of the practical advice he gives such as making sure children read and are read the books and stories that are the foundation of our culture, obtain access to nature, practice art, etc is already incorporated into the days of most homeschoolers I know Although the advice is nothing new, it s good to be reminded of the value of such activities.Also, Caldecott is Catholic and is primarily addressing Catholic educators, which I am not But, as the author himself says, We need not fear to recognize beauty in another person s beliefs I ambothered by his declaring the Bible to be subordinate to liturgy and his espousals of John Paul II s views on evolution There are moments of 2 stars butof 4 stars over all I liked the recasting of the trivium as Remembering, Thinking, Speaking There are many other great moments, quotes and insights that make it so worthwhile.The downsides areto do with the explicit Roman Catholicism, downgrade of Scripture, acceptance of evolutionary science, and openness to other religions arriving at the truth. Stratford Caldecott has yet again proved to amaze me again because I ve already read his book, Beauty for Truth s Sake His previous book focuses on the Quadrivium of the Seven Liberal Arts This book focuses on the Trivium of the Seven Liberal Arts The book is amazing because he reimagines or, to use his words, creatively reinterprets Caldecott, 133 the Trivium in terms we re not used to thinking about it.Grammar he likens to mythos, remembering, truth, the Father, and that which is gi Stratford Caldecott has yet again proved to amaze me again because I ve already read his book, Beauty for Truth s Sake His previous book focuses on the Quadrivium of the Seven Liberal Arts This book focuses on the Trivium of the Seven Liberal Arts The book is amazing because he reimagines or, to use his words, creatively reinterprets Caldecott, 133 the Trivium in terms we re not used to thinking about it.Grammar he likens to mythos, remembering, truth, the Father, and that which is given Dialectic he likens to logos, thinking, Goodness, the Son, and that which is received Rhetoric he likens to ethos, speaking, the Beautiful, the Spirit, and that which is shared Some of these likenings are easier to imagine, others take some work He paints a beautiful picture, however, to make the task easier He is a Catholic, and that comes outin this text than the previous, but that s okay He s not afraid to speak about things in terms of his Catholic thinking So he warns us not to educate children to be too literal with the Bible, he wants liturgy a shout out to James K.A Smith and catechesis to be a foundational element in that education, and objective truth to be assumed in it.The book is thought provoking on many levels, and will ask you to reimagine your own thoughts about the Trivium, especially if your familiarity with it comes primarily from Dorothy Sayers important essay I do not think you will be disappointed should you make the time to read this book So beautiful, and I basically underlined the whole book It discusses the personalist philosophy that should be the foundation of education, specifically Catholic education, while leaving open the application for further development Very interesting 3.5 stars.I found much to mull over in this book, and some insightful ideas However, I felt a lot of what Caldecott was trying to convey was not made accessible enough Many of the points he expounded upon merely distracted me from the central purpose of the book education so that I didn t dwell on his points as relates to education specifically I was also unconvinced by some of his connections and suggestions, and felt the book wanting ofpractical suggestions for the implementation 3.5 stars.I found much to mull over in this book, and some insightful ideas However, I felt a lot of what Caldecott was trying to convey was not made accessible enough Many of the points he expounded upon merely distracted me from the central purpose of the book education so that I didn t dwell on his points as relates to education specifically I was also unconvinced by some of his connections and suggestions, and felt the book wanting ofpractical suggestions for the implementation of his ideas I was really looking for authority and clarity in Caldecott but I have to say that I am disappointed Yes, Caldecott brilliantly points out Simone Weil s insight that the final end of education is to prepare people to to give loving attention to God in prayer I could not agreeHe rightly points out that education needs the collaboration of two people, as Newman said in The Idea of a University, not individuals He also says Classical Education, the traditional Christian method, can be re I was really looking for authority and clarity in Caldecott but I have to say that I am disappointed Yes, Caldecott brilliantly points out Simone Weil s insight that the final end of education is to prepare people to to give loving attention to God in prayer I could not agreeHe rightly points out that education needs the collaboration of two people, as Newman said in The Idea of a University, not individuals He also says Classical Education, the traditional Christian method, can be reduced into remembering, thinking and communicating Does he mean to moderate the influence of books like Climbing Parnassus that would base education solely on Greek and Latin works with no modern works or of punitive systems I think so, but he is not clear enough for the general public Does he mean to say that biology is unimportant when he praised the use of imagination in Jesuit memory palaces I doubt that I rather think he means it to be aorganic process not just drill Yet, he is not clear enough See what Aquinas said about the connection between facts and prudence Also, because he seems to spend most of his time speaking to the classical brick mortar schools, he does not go in depth enough into the problems of parents choosing secular or Waldorf education After all, few Catholic schools are directed by people trying to get kids to contact spirits, even if the kids are using Waldorf techniques like drawing without lines and singing without tone Yet if as he admits homeschoolers are becoming a cultural force, I wonder why he does not address himselfto parents His caveats to unschooling are really not well connected and specific at all You can t teach someone to draw without drawing something As I watch a myriad of my friends losing sight of the true focus of education, demandingrigor or technology or freedom from things, I keep hoping authoritative sources will appear Educational pundits are missing the boat by not educating the parents first *READ EBOOK ↠ Beauty in the Word ↬ What is a good education What is it for To answer these questions, Stratford Caldecott shines a fresh light on the three arts of language, in a marvelous recasting of the Trivium whereby Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric are explored as Remembering, Thinking, and Communicating These are the foundational steps every student must take towards conversion of heart and mind, so that a Catholic Faith can be lived out in unabashed pursuit of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful Beauty in the Word is a unique contribution to bringing these bountiful aspects of the Real back to the center of learning, where they rightfully belong If your concern is for the true meaning of education for your children, here is the place to begin Those responsible for new initiatives in Catholic schooling have a chance to recreate the inner spirit of education and not just its outer frame They will not easily find a programme inspirational than the one presented here Aidan Nichols Stratford Caldecott offers a rare combination of intelligence and profound vision, yet combines this with accessibility and luminous transparency Catherine Pickstock The central idea of the present book is very simple It is that education is not primarily about the question of information It is not even about the acquisition of information It is not even about the acquisition of skills in the conventional sense, to equip us for particular roles in society It is about how we becomehuman and thereforefree, in the truest sense of that word This is a broader and a deeper question, but no less practical Too often we have not been educating The central idea of the present book is very simple It is that education is not primarily about the question of information It is not even about the acquisition of information It is not even about the acquisition of skills in the conventional sense, to equip us for particular roles in society It is about how we becomehuman and thereforefree, in the truest sense of that word This is a broader and a deeper question, but no less practical Too often we have not been educating our humanity We have been educating ourselves for doing rather than for being 11 The task before us is not only to renew the foundations of education, but to rediscover our own relationship to Being the secret of childhood , and our place in a cosmos that is beautiful in the Word 11 12 I found this book inspiring, instructive, and beautiful throughout Caldecott delightfully reimagines the classic Trivium, launching from the firm foundations of theology, philosophy, and anthropology At every stage of the Trivium he includes the importance of music and poetry, imagination and curiosity, truth, goodness, and beauty, Father, Son, and Spirit For a book that s supposed to be about the Trivium, it isn t about the Trivium all that much Half of it feltlike a defense of Roman Catholicism than a book on classical education And while there were some things that I liked about the book, I came away unsure of what its main points are since it was really all over the place I liked Caldecott s book on the Quadrivium, but if you re looking to understand the Trivium, Littlejohn s Wisdom and Eloquence or Clark s The Liberal Art s Traditio For a book that s supposed to be about the Trivium, it isn t about the Trivium all that much Half of it feltlike a defense of Roman Catholicism than a book on classical education And while there were some things that I liked about the book, I came away unsure of what its main points are since it was really all over the place I liked Caldecott s book on the Quadrivium, but if you re looking to understand the Trivium, Littlejohn s Wisdom and Eloquence or Clark s The Liberal Art s Tradition are both better options.Rating 2 Stars Inconsistent