Johns Hopkins School of Education shares a story in which a high school senior from Anderson Academy describes how the study of classical languages helps deepen not only her knowledge of etymology but also expands her reasoning and critical thinking skills.
A Case for Classics in Middle School
by Cara Russell
This essay really jumped out at me for a number of reasons:
1. It is written by a then rising high school senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. An appeal for Classical Languages that comes directly from students is always compelling.
2. While she cites the usual case of stronger SAT scores (really a no-brainer by now), Ms. Ruccoulo goes beyond mere pragmatism and explains how learning classical languages helps improve her problem solving skills and her capacity for reasoning in standardized testing and beyond.
3.A student who receives an education in the Classics obtains a deeper understanding of history and culture and can begin to identify the manner in which virtue extends across history and stands the test of time.
In our first month at The Summit, we have already observed students working through the etymology of words to obtain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of what is being communicated. I listened to one student work through the meaning of similar English words as she connected them to the Latin word, “Vir.” In addition we observe students as they begin to trace these words across multiple disciplines and discover a profound unity of Truth.
Even if you only find the time to skim this essay I recommend honing in on paragraphs 3-6