After a long and glorious history, classical education was discarded wholesale by the educational “philosophers” of the late 19th century? Why?
Four errors come to mind:
- Education in the Liberal Arts became a vacuous “general education” when the liberal arts lost their identity as the seven.
- The natural sciences were unmoored from the liberal arts that prepared students to master them and from their place under the humane and philosophical sciences.
- Dewey and various “philosophers” of this and that Utilitarian or Pragmatic school of thought established a reductionist naturalism as the only acceptable theory for education.
- The take over of education by the state.