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A New Apology for Classical Christian Education
Dr. Perrin presents a defense of Classical Christian Education that features seven reasons why it is a superb educational approach for our sons and daughters: 1) It provides a coherent means of understanding God, the world and ourselves 2) It cultivates the human 3) It develops and imparts powers (arts) to students 4) It cultivates a love of beauty 5) It develops character 6) It trains leaders 7) It cultivates community. He will also refute several familiar objections to CCE such as 1) CCE is elitist 2) CCE is old-fashioned and out of touch 3) CCE was discredited by the educational establishment 100 years ago 4) Studying classical subjects like Latin are a waste of time in this cultural moment. The goal of this seminar is to give participants a clear, concise and cogent defense of CCE that presents its remarkable qualities and refutes common objections.The Lighter Side of Education: How to Relax, Enjoy and Laugh and Still Be a Parent-Educator
Dr. Perrin seeks to work out the maxim given to us by G.K. Chesterton: A man should take his mission, but not himself, seriously. He encourages parents to see and cultivate the joy, humor, laughter and peace that should characterize our teaching and relationship with our student-children and home-schooling colleagues. First, Dr. Perrin calls parents to repent of the misplaced gravitas that elevates ourselves over a humble interest and investment in the lives of children. Secondly, he calls forth examples of the ways in which you can walk lightly as you engage in a most serious enterprise. He closes by exegeting another complementary maxim by Chesterton: Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. COMMENT: Many home-schooling educators are unduly anxious and burdened. In this seminar Dr. Perrin seeks to address this challenge from a spiritual-pastoral perspective rather than a pragmatic one.Logic 101
Dr. Perrin will introduce the two main branches of logic, informal logic and formal logic, and show why they are crucial to a classical education. Special emphasis will be given to the logical fallacies in this seminar; several fallacies will be taught and participants will try their hands at identifying fallacies contained in numerous print advertisements. The goal of the seminar is to show the power, purpose and relevance of logic and to convince parents that they can learn and teach this important art to their students.Revolutionary Logic: Why Logic Is Needed to Renew The Church And Culture
Many know that logic is the science or art of correct reasoning. Most of us know that training in logic will help us craft better arguments and discern wise ideas from propaganda. But are we aware that without using reason well, it will be impossible to renew the church and our culture? In this seminar, Dr. Perrin will consider not only the ways that logic sharpens us as image-bearers and individual thinkers, but also the way logic can revolutionize the church and society when employed with love, faith and zeal. He also notes the ways in which the study of logic can lead to pride, and therefore create "clever devils." Time will be given for 10 minutes of Q&A.
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