Kudos to both Caprock Academy and Ridgeview Classical Schools; both were featured in a Grand Junction Sentinel article yesterday. Caprock Academy in Grand Junction is in its first year of operation and is modeled after the successful Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins.
Carrie Sherrill, a founder and board member of Caprock Academy, studied the classical form of education in creating her vision for Caprock.
“Up until the 1920s, most kids in the United States were learning classically,” Sherrill said. “(The change) has to do with the Industrial Revolution that has much to do with America modeling themselves after Germany. Classical education is a global kind of learning.”
The classical approach in education is based on three components: grammar, logic and rhetoric. The grammar phase is typically during elementary school when students learn rote facts such as multiplication tables and learn to read. During this phase they're adding knowledge to their foundation of learning. The second phase is grammar when the students begin to understand and reason with the knowledge they have previously acquired. The third stage, rhetoric, is the culmination of the previous knowledge. During the rhetoric phase students exhibit how to present cogent arguments, write persuasive essays and reason their own conclusions.
For more information about the education at Ridgeview Classical Schools, go to: http://ridgeviewclassical.com/ Be sure to read "The Conversation," which is primarily written by Ridgeview students!