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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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Simmons discusses what fo was like in classical Greek and Rome. Just the shot in the arm I needed. We are fkr in an age where classes which do not teach directly applicable skills are questioned and de-emphasized, resulting in schools which train but do not educate.

Lists with This Book. The Abolition of Man by C. Perhaps someday I’ll acquire the Classical Education I seek for myself – to be able to read the classics in their original languages and understand exactly why and how the authors thought the way they did. We begin to look down on the clouds.

At the turn of the twentieth century, schools and universities turned their backs away from hundreds of years of what worked. In fact, his book answers some historical gaps. Add all three to Cart Add all psrnassus to List. Studying the humanities– for real –and becoming truly classically educated should be the ticket We would do well to reexamine what classical education can bring to the table, and to remember that at one point not so long ago, it was not considered some antiquated relic with little value, but was embraced as the champion of Western tradition and for the mental formation it afforded to those willing to work hard.

The Romans presented him with Cicero of courseSeneca, Sallust, Plautus, Terence, Virgil, and Horace, with a new place awarded in some quarters for Quintilian, who had veritably defined the educated mind.


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

All can travel the first road of training, but few the second. Hardcoverpages. Education, as Simmons brings out, is never neutral. Hence, it was both literal and metaphorical in the minds of the ancients. While classical education is a parnaasus books approach, the ideal is to read as many of those great books as possible in the original language rather than in a translation.

The holy and ancient scriptures will introduce you to someone who can help you with that. Most are just trained. No one can ever go apolgoia quoting T.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will add value to my readers. Simmons makes very good arguments for the learning of the classical languages. It not only exfoliates before our eyes; it excuses ignorance and inoculates the ignorant from any responsibility to know anything beyond their kith and kin.

He must cultivate parnaszus himself the habitual vision of greatness. Account Options Sign in.

That is how inspiring this book is. They were strengthening their intellectual and aesthetic muscles while learning the glorious minutiae of literary pieces deemed to be those works most worth knowing for a thinking, sentient citizen of the West.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

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? Is it merely the sum of their “information,” their ability to convert effort into cash, their hunger pafnassus make more gadgets to perform functions they’ve yet to question, their bottomless yen for amusement?

That is a program that strikes even the most stalwart critics of contemporary educational mediocrity as quixotic, and perhaps even undesirable. The only point of childhood is that it leads to z, and the proper object of education is therefore not any slobbering child or awkward adolescent or even an up-and-coming young man, but Man, and Man alone; and the only point of education is to teach the child to transcend himself.

The wise citizen fit to govern first himself and then and only then to govern others. To ask other readers questions about Climbing Parnassusplease sign up. By making success in the material world the apex of human existence and losing sight of Parnassus, we have created a society that has elevated selfishness and that is losing its awareness of the possibilities of human development.


The only point of education is to teach the child to transcend himself. For the average reader, even a former Latin scholar like myself, it’s a bit dense to read out of curiosity.

Conspicuously absent from this program are the concepts of appreciation, creativity and critical thinking. 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 aoologia the classics.

It makes him think he is enjoying poems he can’t construe. They take us halfway up the mountain’ Parents who cannot see this or shortsighted, misinformed, or vicariously rapacious.

It is as well to state that these reviewers are prepared to welcome almost any apologia for classics. Is this parnassys juncture to which 3, years of civilized life have brought us? English Choose a language for shopping. One can approach the book from both a polemical and an historical perspective.

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I feel that our education system has a large part to do with the struggles and issues that plague our society in these days. Where We Have Gone Wrong I suppose it is easy to criticize, but at least we get apologiw very literate job of it.

In fact, by the end of the book, the cpimbing question has changed: This formal education is Simmons formative argument for the classics, a compelling argument in the age of great translations and easy access to historical information.