We can sit in 2021, stare up at the clouds and imagine what the saints studied and taught back in the good old days, or, we can go back to the documents they left behind and see all of the details, not only of their ideas and methods in education, but the exact textbooks they used.
Below is a copy of a translation of the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum (Rule of Studies), originally published in 1599. The Ratio preserves for us the educational convictions and mission of the original Jesuit founders, who included St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Peter Faber and others, and of the train of Jesuit saints who studied and taught this same curriculum for more than a century in modern Europe.
God bless your studies,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy
Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Association of Scholars. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina. Mr. Michael enjoys studying ancient natural philosophy, gardening, and running.