In my article, “The Fake Classical Education Movement” and “How Laura Berquist Misled Thousands of Catholic Families“, I explained how modern curriculum publishers falsely advertise their study programs as “classical”, using terms and images taken classical Catholic education, but changing their meanings. A clear example of this can be found in Classical Conversations. This program advertises itself as a “classical” curriculum and uses the terms from the ancient Trivium to market its program, as I explained.
Above, we see a social media post from Classical Conversations with a definition of Rhetoric. The definition given here is found in no classical source, nor is any given. Rather than referrnig to a specific art taught by Aristotle in his work “the Art of Rhetoric”, or to the writings on the art of Rhetoric by Cicero, we arversations.e told that Rhetoric is merely a “stage of learning” that comes after the “Grammar Stage”. They say that “Rhetoric is all about conversations.”
When asked where these ideas come from, the answer from Classical Conversations is clear:
“It is based on the three stages of the Trivium, as described in Dorothy Sayers’ essay, ‘The Lost Tools of Learning.'”
My accusations against programs like Classical Conversations don’t require anyone to trust me or dig deep to find the truth. They will state it plainly if asked because these programs have absolutely nothing to do with real classical Catholic education, or any real education known to wise men and saints in history.
If you haven’t watched my video explaining “The Fake Classical Catholic Education Movement“, please do so.
God bless your studies,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy