Our aim, like that of all classical mathematicians, is to understand mathematics both philosophically and practically. The exclusively practical focus of school mathematics courses was developed in the 1800s by the public schools, whose job it was not to train elite students, but the masses of common children who had little use for any studies that did not translate into wage-earning. Today, there is hardly a school available that is not oriented toward the job market.
Our aims are what they were among all wise men of the past. The "liberal" (free) arts are studies that are not pursued for money-making, but for wisdom itself. We wish, as Socrates said, "to rise out of the sea of change and lay hold of true being". That is, we wish to ascend, by means of the mathematical arts (and later by Logic), into the study of things that are transcendent and truths that are unchanging and cannot be studied with the senses.
This program is in development and we are adding information and resources as time allows. If you have questions, simply contact us. We're happy to help.
For information on Mr. Michael's Practical Arithmetic program,
Dr. Daniele Arcara
Classical Arithmetic, Geometry
Dr. Arcara works as assistant professor of mathematics at St. Vincent College, in Pennsylvania and serves as the primary author of the CLAA's Classical Mathematics program. Born and raised in Italy, Dr. Arcara received more of a "classical" mathematics education than American students do and this has allowed him to bring together the benefits of modern mathematical resources and the wisdom of the ancients. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the Universita di Torino, Turin, Italy in 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics in 2003 from the University of Georgia. Dr. Arcara is Catholic husband and father with children studying in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy.
Mr. Jonathan Peters
Mr. Peters holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and continued his graduate work at California State University Northridge, which houses one of the top ten music departments in the country. His areas of study included: advanced composition, theory, orchestration, and film scoring. For the past 20 years he has worked as teacher, composer, orchestrator, conductor, and recording artist. He is also the author of the "Scholastic Music Series", an educational classical music CD series which has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and is carried in schools and libraries throughout the country. Mr. Peters is an award-winning composer (1st place in the 1996 Composers Today Contest, among others) and has completed over 40 works including operatic, symphonic, chamber, solo, and sacred choral works. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in California with their four children. You may read more about him and hear his works by visiting: www.ComposerJonathanPeters.com.