Climbing Parnassus has ratings and 62 reviews. TheRose said: This is a paradigm-shifting book. I was flabbergasted by how much I really didn’t unders. “Discussions of educational reform often involve windy talk of a “return to the classics,” yet rarely do would-be reformers go so far as to advocate a return to. Tracy Lee Simmons’s book, Climbing Parnassus, is a tour-de-force. Simmons addresses the current state of education, which is dismal, to a.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Today, news media, books and new technology bombard us with new information constantly. Knowing how to read and write may shore up a nation’s social health, but it’s the bare minimum for a higher culture–without which any society must be judged cheap and ephemeral.

I did not know gree much I did not know about classical education until I read this book.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

Refresh and try again. But at the same time there was a part of me that wanted to know more and I feel pretty dumb for having gone through the public education system. In fact, ‘the mere ability to read raises to very extravagant presumptions upon the person who has it. The author’s argument subtly belittling and leaves one feeling much smaller than when you started the book unless, of course, you’re well versed in the classics.

Garlands were to the talented.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin by Tracy Lee Simmons

It’s not so much that people of olden times were the finest exemplars of higher humanity, for they too fell short of their ideals, as must all who aspire to higher things–that’s what ideals are for.


I’m guided by such an aim education loses its true character and find itself degraded to servile training wpologia the worlds daily drudgeries. One can approach the book from both a polemical and an historical perspective. But the effort pays off.

But they are not taught it because I believe it will make them good. It fails most disastrously when it most succeeds. But don’t read it to find out how to be good.

A classical education did not allow the student freedom to choose. In fact, by the end of the book, the nagging question has changed: None of these things may involve any personal cultivation in what is good or true. Our task in this life is to form and reform ourselves by the best standards and patterns prior generations have found and refined. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’m not entirely convinced that such a rigorous undertaking would be worth it to me or my child opportunity costsbut I am now far more informed on why I might make that choice.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Anyone can obtain knowledge. Jul 04, Talbot Hook rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although I was fascinated with myth and legend when young, and took several classes concerning such fields during my education, I doubt not that these were but small sips at the fountain of Classics.

I am excited to begin redeeming my own education as I learn alongside my daughter. He brings his ‘limited experience’ to the task of possibly shedding light on an old problem; and he is not ‘saddled with that side-glancing reticence often rewarded by academic tenure’ xvii. Simmon’s eloquence and tasteful, erudite humor are a testament to his premise.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

Out of this disposition of mind classical education arose. For instance, many today do not understand the Founders of the United States.


P The eternal human problem: Franklin’s point was that if someone starts at the top step it’s certainly easier to touch the steps on the way down, but many or most? The point that struck home with climbng The Lost Tools of Learning: Those with less intelligence and drive would not be able to take the rigor of a traditional classical education.

The field belonged to the professional players who would brook no more meddling from dilettantes’ Apr 20, Cara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And what is a classical education?

What is absent, S. Parnassus is a mountain in Greece, overlooking the town of Delphi.

Ndw saw the goodness in being content, yet was unable to conjure up feelings of content within himself. They got away with it because it was the only game in town, and that was the way it had always been done. That young minds must be formed to recognize and appreciate magnificence is a point that is made soundly and eloquently throughout the book, and a point that the modern schools have nearly abandoned to their detriment.

P30 The kind of education which sets of mine free from servitude of the crowd I’m from vulgar self interests. Lists with This Book.

Andrew Campbell’s The Latin-Centered Curriculum, which is as practical even including a scope-and-sequence component as Climbing Parnassus is historical and theoretical. Books Available for Review.