The Purpose of Education

What is the purpose of education? To what end are children taught? These are questions that have been asked throughout the “classical conver­sation” of history, and they are questions that must continue to be asked.

Classically, the answer about the purpose of education has been very specific. In fact, even the organization of classical education was done with intentionality. Education began with the seven liberal arts (the Trivium and the Quadrivium). It then progressed into the natural, moral, and philosophical sciences. It culminated in the study of theology. This organization and sequence speaks to the purpose of classical education: the contemplation of truth, goodness, and beauty.

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