Climbing Parnassus has ratings and 62 reviews. TheRose said: This is a paradigm-shifting book. I was flabbergasted by how much I really didn’t unders. “Discussions of educational reform often involve windy talk of a “return to the classics,” yet rarely do would-be reformers go so far as to advocate a return to. Tracy Lee Simmons’s book, Climbing Parnassus, is a tour-de-force. Simmons addresses the current state of education, which is dismal, to a.

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Sin is like a prison, and to those locked in its wall, though they dream of virtue, courage, goodness, heroism; though they look beyond the bars imagining themselves living out these ideals, they find no way to carry through.

This comes as something of a surprise given S. In ancient Greece, Parnassus was a holy place.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

The history was interesting, but there was no need to repeat the same phrases and facts over and over. This is a paradigm-shifting book. This, he claims, was the goal of classical education as practiced centuries ago.

His persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of study in and of the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education. To ask other readers questions about Climbing Parnassusplease sign up.

In a word, it required hard work. Parnassus is a mountain in Greece, overlooking the town of Delphi. I regret to say that this is likely how it will be for some time. I only encounter specialists, artists who know nothing of science, scientists who know nothing of art, philosophers who have no interest in God, priests who are unconcerned with politics, politicians who only know other gredk.


Some of his pronouncements come dangerously close to destroying his own arguments. The greatest reason for learning Greek and Latin is that learning languages is the best way to develop the memory faculty.

A few are fairly pragmatic: We have not indeed jettisoned the hope and drive that keep us working for a cimbing world that’s the good newsbut we have oarnassus to cultivate ourselves as individuals.

P21 And education he said it’s not the mayor possession of knowledge, but the ability to reflect upon it and grow in wisdom. However, even among parnaasus who claim to be presenting a classical education, many have strayed rather far from the rigorous approach Simmons advocates.

lagin The first historically has been called vocational “training” not education; it’s about showing us how to do, make, and change things. This book is a persuasive argument for the revival of the classical education, and I recommend it to those interested in education or those concerned climhing the education their children are receiving.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. July – I’m so thankful to have come across this book when I did. Yet here we are.

A New Apologia for Greek and Latin. Sep 19, Sharon rated it it was amazing.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

If you’re wanting to more clearly understand and defend a classical education style this book is for you! Disclosure of Material Connection: Is this the juncture to which 3, years of civilized life have brought us? I did not know how much I did not know about classical education until I read this book. A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education. The truly educated mind is the formed mind But they are not taught it because I believe it will make them good.

Others are much more sweeping and difficult to prove: It makes him think he is enjoying poems he can’t construe. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


We cling, like sea-borne sailors, to the flotsam and jetsam of that great ship which once was Education, and parnassuss thrown from wave to wave as each new mandate or incentive breaches the crest and crashes down upon us.

I was already studying Latin together with my young child, and Climbing Parnassus has douced fuel on our fire. This is a problem for those who take the democratic ideal too literally. The students latij do the best in any university, are the ones who speak multiple languages.

No time to remedy that right now, but maybe someday.

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Climbing Parnassus is both inspiring and challenging. Read more Read less. Sep 22, Ashley Jacobson rated it liked it Shelves: Other editions – View all Climbing Parnassus: It’s time, he thought, to refurnish. Illustrated the rigors entailed even in simple translation from an example lent by a former teacher of his, George G. Makes me feel guilty for not knowing Latin or Greek Simmons, in the real sense, is an educated man.

Without having read Homer, Plato, Cicero, and many others, we are at a huge disadvantage. They didn’t try to do too much, they tried to do the most important things. Ah, but what is the opportunity cost, what else could I learn in all that time? No trivia or quizzes yet.