"The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail...And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exlusion of religious principle."
What Is Classical Education?
American classical education seeks to teach the whole child: mind and spirit. Classical education teaches a high standard of excellence as both an individual student and a well-rounded human being.
Content Rich Curriculum
American classical education creates a rich and full course of study in both liberal arts and sciences. HPCA students will study literature, history, mathematics, science, language (English and Latin), along with physical education, art, and music. They will study historical texts, books, people, stories, characters, fables, and myths rich in history and time.
The successful development of study builds a strong foundation in concrete skills and growth of knowledge. As students study they become both recipients of knowledge and questioners for truth as they develop into lifelong learners and thinkers.
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In addition to a content-rich curriculum, classical education believes order and decorum must be reached in order for true learning to take place. It understands that every person has a conscience and that both the study and incorporation of traditional virtue is necessary for true education to take place.
In addition to virtue, HPCA seeks to train students in truth and courage by equipping them with biblical knowledge and understanding.
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“The teaching of honest history and an accurate account of civics is the key to forming good citizens. The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum has been carefully designed to do just that, providing parents, teachers, and schools not with what they should oppose, but with a solid curriculum they can wholeheartedly endorse for all of America’s children.”
Dean, Van Andel Graduate School of Government
The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum began with the American founding, the Civil War, and civics. In the coming months they will release lessons for all of American history, including:
The Early Republic
The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era
The Great War and the Roaring Twenties
The Great Depression and the Second World War
The Cold War and Modern America
“America’s founders rightly reminded us that the ultimate determinant of our success as a nation would be our ability to sustain a virtuous and well-educated citizenry. The dangerous state of American history education today is about to prove the founders right yet again. Restoring the true teaching of American history would give our young people and our nation a fighting chance to turn the tide, preserving their American inheritance for another generation.” -Jordan Adams, former teacher in Hillsdale College’s network of classical schools and now an instructional coach at the Barney Charter School Initiative.