Key Characteristics and Components of Classical Teaching:
- A school that uses technology effectively but without diminishing the faculty leadership that is crucial to academic achievement.
- The centrality of the Western tradition in the study of history, literature, and philosophy.
- A rich and recurring examination of the American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical traditions.
- The use of explicit phonics instruction for the teaching of reading.
- The teaching of Latin.
- The acknowledgement of objective standards of correctness, logic, beauty, weightiness, and truth intrinsic to the liberal arts.
- The school culture demanding moral virtue, decorum, respect, discipline, and studiousness among the students and faculty.
- A curriculum that is content-rich.
- A faculty where well-educated and articulate teachers explicitly convey real knowledge to students using traditional teaching methods rather than using so-called ‘student-based learning’.