Beauty and Classical Education
Led by: Margarita Mooney Suarez and Jessica Hooten Wilson
The unity of beauty, truth, and goodness form the bedrock of classical education. As a result of this pre-conference, teachers will be better able to articulate to their students, parents, and administrators why beauty is integral to classical education and show concrete examples of beauty in their own teaching. The teaching format will include Socratic discussions, presentations by the organizers, small and large group discussions, and guided workshops. The guiding questions for this pre-conference include: Why exactly is beauty so central to a classical approach to learning? Given our technological and individualistic approach to learning and achievement, what are the opportunities and challenges to incorporating beauty into classical learning? What are some concrete ways that beauty can enter into the classical education classroom–from the decoration of the classroom to specific lesson plans in science, literature, history, and other fields? How can experiential forms of education in nature or encountering beauty in music, art, and literature point back to the unity of truth and the joy of classical learning? Does our own personal engagement with beauty influence how we see teaching as a vocation? What resources would help classical educators incorporate beauty into their teaching?
- Coffee & Fellowship 8:00 AM
- Why is Beauty Important in Classical Education? Socratic Discussion Based on A Close Reading of a Short Text 8:30 AM
- What are Some Practical Ways to Integrate Beauty into the Classes of Classical Schools? 10:15 AM
- Lunch 11:30 AM
Guided Small Discussion Groups on Beauty and the Vocation to Teach
- Guided Workshops Reviewing Selected Lesson Plans/Curricula on Beauty and Classical Education 1:30 PM
For K-8 Schools, High Schools, and Across Various Subjects: History, Science, Literature, Grammar, etc.
- Presentations and Discussion of the Future of Beauty in Classical Education 3:00 PM
- Dinner 6:00 PM