Classical Geometry Text Now Available in Print

Purchase a copy of Euclid's Elements from the Classical Liberal Arts Academy

The text of Euclid’s Elements used in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s Classical Geometry course is now available in a large study edition (8.5″ x 11″) for students. Copies can be purchased from Lulu directly. The text is centered on the pages with 2″ of space on all sides for student notes. The cover is a nice, matte paperback that can endure some wear and tear. This is the first of three volumes that will be published, providing everything students need to master Euclid’s famous work. Normally, however, school-age students get through only Books I and II, which are both … Continue

Monteverdi and Goals in Catholic Homeschooling

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

The selection above is a musical setting by Claudio Monteverdi for evening prayers (vespers) on the eve of Marian feast days. Monteverdi lived from 1567 to 1643, and composed this work 1610 and dedicated it to Pope Paul V. Monteverdi is important for us as we consider the restoration of classical Catholic education and the real-life challenges we face a parents and students. The patron saint of students is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who lived from 1568-1591, dying at age 23. Catholic parents often speak of “raising saints” as if this is a matter of choosing. The truth, however, is that … Continue

The Order of the Classical Quadrivium

King David, the Psalmist of Israel

The following is taken from Thomas Taylor’s “Theoretic Arithmetic” (1818) Arithmetic is to be learned the first of the mathematical sciences, because it has the relation of a principle and mother to all the rest. For it is prior to all of them, not only because the fabricator of the universe employed this as the first paradigm of his distributed intellection, and constituted all things according to number. But the priority of Arithmetic is also evinced by this, that whenever that which is prior by nature is subverted, that which is posterior is at the same time subverted; but when … Continue

A Modern Mathematician with a Classical Education: Interview with Dr. Jonathan Kenigson

Dr. Jonathan Kenigson

This past year, I have been blessed to make the acquaintance of Dr. Jonathan Kenigson. Dr. Kenigson contacted me after discovering the Classical Liberal Arts Academy website, and we’ve corresponded a bit about the study of mathematics and classical education in general. He wrote at the time: “I am quite convinced that what you have assembled rivals (or in fact exceeds) the standards of the finest universities of modern Europe.”–which I took as a great compliment, since he was one to know. What intrigued me more than Dr. Kenigson’s mathematical interests and expertise, was bits and pieces I gathered concerning … Continue