What is the Goal of Education?

A priest catechizes children--serving the goal of education.

One of the causes of the chaos of modern schools and homeschools is false thinking about the goal of education.  The goal of education is not to lead students to practice the skills of wise men or successful professionals, but to teach them the objective content of the arts and sciences needed to do so … Continue

Search and Study the Summa Theologica

St. Thomas Aquinas, author of the Summa Theologica

Dear friends, I have posted the entire text of the Summa Theologica on the Classical Catholic Library in a single, unformatted page to allow students to search the entire Summa with the use of Ctrl+F shortcut on their keyboard.  Having this available provided students with a great resource when they begin writing in higher studies. … Continue

Accepting Our Lot in Life

Picture of Jesus calming the sea.

In the book of Psalms, David speaks of contenment with one’s lot in life: The lines are fallen unto me in goodly places: for my inheritance is goodly to me.  (Psalm 16:6) In modern society, there is often a strong separation between our spiritual lives and our practical lives in the world.  Sure, we may … Continue

New Petty School Reading Course Now Open!

Image of child Cicero for the CLAA Petty School Reading course.

Dear friends, I’m happy to announce that the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s–new and improved–Petty School Reading course is now open for enrollment. The Petty School courses were extremely popular from 2009-2016 until the video format they used (Adobe Flash) became obsolete on the internet.  This year, we are re-producing the entire Petty School series in … Continue

Homeschool Accreditation is NOT Necessary

Princeton University logo.

During enrollment season, we get calls and messages from parents asking about homeschool accreditation.  The answer is very simple–NO–for two very simple reasons: First, there is no accreditation agency that measures the standards of a classical Catholic study program.  (If there was, it would be us.) Second (and more importantly), homeschool parents have no need … Continue

How to Create a Homeschool Schedule

A homeschool schedule used in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.

Deciding to homeschool your children is a noble decision in this generation.  If you are willing to learn, you will find that you can provide your children with a far better education at home than they could ever receive in a modern school.  One of the first challenges is establishing a productive and sustainable routine, … Continue

Free Classical Catholic Library

A picture of old, leather-bound books and strap.

RE:  Free Classical Catholic Library Dear friends, We have entered into our 13th year, giving full-time service to our mission “to research, restore, publish and teach the classical liberal arts.”  We have succeeded in restoring the classical liberal arts curriculum, along with the classical philosophy and Catholic theology studies to make a complete program of … Continue

Natural Philosophy and Sacred Scripture

Painting of St. Augustine.

In this passage, from De Doctrina Christiana, St. Augustine discusses the relation between the study of Natural Philosophy and Sacred Scripture, which is relevant for CLAA students. “There is also a species of narrative resembling description, in which not a past but an existing state of things is made known to those who are ignorant … Continue