Dorothy Sayers, in her famous essay The Lost Tools of Learning writes:
Is not the great defect of our education today...that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils "subjects," we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.
In our modern age, more than ever before in history, there is an unceasing bombardment of propaganda and advertisements via TV, movies, Facebook, Twitter, magazines, video games, etc... Children today are being raised in a culture where literacy is decreasing and information is increasing (along with immediate and constant access to it). Unfortunately, modern educational methods encourage children at a young age to learn primarily through self-expression and experimentation.
This is a problem for multiple reasons:
The classical approach, therefore, teaches students the "tools" of learning (grammar, logic, rhetoric) during the life stages when they are naturally prone to apply them.
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