In classical schools of the past, a praeceptorial system was employed to effectively manage the expert instruction of hundreds of children even when only a few expert teachers were available. The idea of individuals without the education they desire for their children "designing their own curriculum" would have been rightly judged as nonsense, and the idea that individual teachers should make curriculum decisions on the fly would, likewise, have been held to be unwise. The stability and challenge of a timeless and trustworthy study program was the foundation of classical schools. The CLAA has invested all of our time and resources in the restoration of that program.
In the days before compulsory state education, tax-funded mega schools, and "professional" teachers, a single expert schoolmaster (ludimagister) worked with a number of well-studied assistants (praeceptores) to provide an efficient system of instruction and assessment to hundreds of students in sustainable local schools. Such schools are our hope if we would see Christian education restored to its former excellence.
Praeceptors, who understood the classical liberal arts curriculum but were growing in their personal mastery of them, bore the daily responsibilities of supervising student work on behalf of the schoolmaster. The praeceptor was responsible for student motivation and discipline, tutorial help and helping with administrative work. They were not expected to make decisions concerning the curriculum or assessment--this belonged to the schoolmaster.
With the help of modern technology we intend to re-create the Praeceptorial system throughout the world. We provide complete training in the classical liberal arts curriculum and its use. School faculty members, independent teachers and home-school parents put their training to work in ways that are best suited to their unique situations--whether teaching just their own children or organizing CLAA study groups and schools. The CLAA, by restoring the classical praeceptorial system in a creative way, will bring the highest quality classical instruction to the greatest number of students in the most efficient manner possible.
HOW IT WORKS
The CLAA's Praeceptor Training Program is intended for adults who wish to work through the course at their own pace and from the comfort of their own homes. There are no deadlines, but plenty of challenging lessons! It follows the same format of our student courses, including assigned readings, exams and discussion questions. Praeceptors receive direct feedback on assignments from Mr. Michael, the director of the CLAA and author of this course.
Mr. Michael offers a two-part Praeceptor training program:
This course lays the historical and philosophical foundation that demonstrates the necessity of the classical liberal arts in Christian education. At the end of this course, you will be able to confidently answer the question "Why should a child study the classical liberal arts?" The course consists of 17 self-paced lessons that include written assessments and exams to ensure mastery.
In the near future, Mr. Michael will be teaching adults who have completed Praeceptor I to fully equip them for the work of restoring the classical liberal arts and the culture that flows from it in local communities.
Studies include information on:
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