Classical education is the imparting of wisdom and virtue through the study of the liberal arts and humanities and a high emphasis on the early teaching of Latin, the most influential language in human history. The intensive study of Latin in the grammar school years develops the minds of students as no other subject can. Students who have learned how to learn with Latin become better students in all other subjects. The study of classical languages and the Greek/Roman classics provides a path to wisdom and knowledge that cannot be attained by any other method. In the tradition of western civilization, education and classical education have always been synonymous.
As Martin Cothran brilliantly states in What is Classical Education, “Classical Education is the study of the classics (and the classical languages that produced them) and the liberal arts: the best that has been thought and said, and the intellectual skills that equip a student to think critically. It is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through the study of the great books and the development of basic critical thinking skills in order to pass on and preserve Western civilization.”