Christopher Perrin

Bringing Scholé to School: Recovering Restful Education

Ironically the Greek word scholé is the root of our word “school”. Scholé as articulated by Aristotle and then adapted and transformed by the early church, means something like undistracted time to study the things most worthwhile (usually with good friends, usually in a lovely place, usually with good food and drink). In this presentation, we will consider how scholé is related to contemplative and restful learning that complements the active learning that is also part of education. We will also consider the practical ways we can bring restful learning or scholé back into our schools.

Christopher Perrin, MDiv, PhD, is CEO with Classical Academic Press, and a national leader, author, and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He is the author of An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, Greek for Children Primer A, and the coauthor of the Latin for Children series, all published by Classical Academic Press. He serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools, and to schools converting to the classical model. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship, former co-chair of the Society for Classical Learning, and an adjunct professor with the honor’s program at Messiah College. Chris previously served for ten years as a headmaster of a classical Christian school in Harrisburg, PA

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