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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No one knows what it is for any longer. The trek up the ancient Mt.

This is perhaps a half truth. Apr 01, Lara Lleverino rated it it was amazing Shelves: See all 28 reviews. There are many people in our society that have degrees, but very few are truly educated.

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

To be fair, while I prefer the classical languages, you could learn any mother language, and that would be just as good in developing your memory. Refresh and try again. But at the same time there was a part of me that wanted to know more and I feel pretty dumb for having gone through the public education system.

His persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of ,atin in and of the classical languages constitutes a ad reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education. Feb 11, AJ rated it it was amazing. Explains why we should care about Latin and Greek. He holds a master’s degree in the classics from Oxford. A few are fairly pragmatic: Since I don’t know or teach those languages, I think one of the parnasssus interesting things for me was his take on classical education.


May 12, Allison Mooibroek rated it it was amazing. We are not arguing that the case S. A New Apologia for Greek and Latin. Some of his pronouncements come dangerously close to apolgia his own arguments.

But they are not taught it because I believe it will make them good. My own children are taught both Greek and Latin and they thoroughly enjoy it. This book adn me realize that my own public sch I picked this book up off my shelf to psych myself up to begin teaching Latin to my 4th grade daughter. Just a few quotes from the closing pages of Climbing Parnassus should serve to illustrate how far afield of educational orthodoxy the book roams: Few things scrape the human psyche like those works which have passed time’s test, arriving at our doorstep like a tattered parcel from distant millennia.

Similarly, the study of Greek and Latin is raised to a quasi-religious status gree although he denies this, his distinction of Humanism as not a philosophy of life but a perspective on life is a fine one.

A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning. No one can ever pqrnassus wrong quoting T. It qualifies him to review books he does not understand, and to be intellectual without intellect.

The classroom saw them reading Homer and Horace, counting hexameter feet and agonizing over the force of a Greek particle. No one should disagree that, ‘such an education is eminently practical’ The next step is learning grammar, which is the mathematics of language.

But I am inspired to ask what liberal values patin are, and how do we pass them on to the next generation. In fact, anyone who is anyone ought to read this book. For the inner is eternal.


My favorite quotes from the book: I’m guided by such an aim education loses its true character and find itself degraded to servile training for the worlds daily drudgeries. It makes him think he is enjoying poems he can’t construe. But the second aims to form the mind, to instruct the intellect itself, to clear and plow rocky fields so as to plant and grow the fruits of intellectual strength.

This is an excellent book for understanding the history of classical education and how it has waxed and waned. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

His technical distinction is discomforting: The furniture is not safe to sit on. The climb itself builds muscles, even if we don’t reach the top. Until retirement or world renunciation take me, I doubt I will have the time to pursue either language as much as is deserved or required.

Latin and Greek prose and verse composition represent the true path — we’ll be ‘sweatier View all 3 comments. What should and should not be taught in schools? Simmons argues that we need an elite to guide and applogia culture. They weren’t ‘appreciating’; they were working. Tracy Lee Simmons is definitely educated and the book is really well written, I had to keep a dictionary nearby while reading.