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A Glimpse at what we lost when we abandoned classical education

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Mark Twain is attributed with the saying "Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't." We are now a couple generations away from our forefathers who abandoned classical education. We are now the generation that does not even know what it has lost. Wes Callihan gives a glimpse at the kind of richness we have lost in this excerpt from the Old Western Culture curriculum on the great books of Western civilization. If you don't study the classics, you have no advantage over those who can't. Roman Roads Media provides tools to help you accomplish this task! Get started today! http://romanroadsmedia.com/2016/01/what-we-lost/
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jesuisravi (1 месяц назад)
Everybody in early 20th century America read Caesar in Latin? Who knew?!
BLACK ALIEN MUSINGS (8 месяцев назад)
It is the 21st century and education has changed. Get over it. STEM is much more important than learning a dead language, in order to get a joke in the New Yorker. Magazines and newspapers are obsolete anyway.
K (4 месяца назад)
Classical education taught people how to think. Current education (common core) teaches people what to think. Unfortunately this video doesn’t touch on that aspect much.
Jack Montgomery (6 месяцев назад)
kay jay ...I agree with you to a certain extent. A Classical education is not necessary in today’s world, but Western Culture was founded on the subject matter. A Classical education focuses on the higher principles of Humanity & for the sake of learning, not just to go out & make a big salary. Yes, we are in the 21st Century & education has changed, but I think we, as a society are losing our souls & our morality. It’s just my opinion & I offer it respectfully..🤗
BLACK ALIEN MUSINGS (8 месяцев назад)
Straight White Male living like an animal? Wtf are you on about?
Straight White Male (8 месяцев назад)
Living like an animal rather than like a human being. Sad.
Caelidh Goode (11 месяцев назад)
It is a shame that the only argument you choose to emphasize is that we have lost the ability to understand jokes. No, we have lost the ability to think and reason and act. The ability to understand more jokes is just a perk.
Roman Roads Media (11 месяцев назад)
It is often said that one truly understands a foreign language when one can joke and pun in that language. Ask any language teacher! True, what we lost is our ability to think and reason. But missing jokes shows that we have lost the cultural assumptions of the Old Western Culture. You might say it is the proof we no longer know the "language of the West." You don't learn how to think and reason and act by learning facts and trivia, but by knowing it so deep in your bones, it comes out in puns. The entrance exam to Harvard in the 1600s was a thorough knowledge of the classics *IN LATIN*. To be able to translate Virgil (and his puns) was the mechanism by which Harvard knew whether a student was educated enough to join their ranks. That being said, this is a snippet from a high school course, so there is more context that IS explained. But this kind of fun foray is what makes kids remember the truly important stuff. It's the Medieval art of the digression. Or as Wes Callihan likes to say, "The rabbit trail IS the point!". Thanks for commenting - appreciate the thought, and the opportunity to response, Sincerely, Daniel Foucachon
Cachoeira1986 (1 год назад)
you have a good voice, the stuff is interesting, but for gods sake stop with "uh-uh-uh-uh-uh".... take a deep breath, think what you want to say and THEN speak calmly.... be sure, we have this extra 30 seconds.... but just stop with this interruptions.
First Ascension (1 год назад)
I love my classical education.
Joe Palau (1 год назад)
Wes - You make me happy; you make me sad. Happy to travel with you thru the Western Canon on YT. Sad to realize Western Canon that is the sinew of our way of life is gone, gone, gone. No longer a after-image in the public's eye. Even the sense of loss is all but vanished.
circles in the night (1 год назад)
Its sad that we lost this
DrJohn1946 (1 год назад)
Uh...uh....uh...
Adam Costilla (9 месяцев назад)
He's a good speaker, just needs to slow down some.
BLACK ALIEN MUSINGS (10 месяцев назад)
DrJohn1946 Never speak with a French native if the "uh" bothers you so much. Run far and fast if someone with a French accent ever approaches you. It is a very widespread linguistic tick in France. Even when speaking in their native tongue.
thatoldserpent (1 год назад)
DrJohn1946 umm uhh uhh
Monty Thibault (1 год назад)
Of all the available arguments on this topic, I feel that references in popular culture is a poor one.
Roman Roads Media (11 месяцев назад)
Roman Roads Media 1 second ago It is often said that one truly understands a foreign language when one can joke and pun in that language. Ask any language teacher! True, what we lost is our ability to think and reason. But missing jokes shows that we have lost the cultural assumptions of the Old Western Culture. You might say it is the proof we no longer know the "language of the West." You don't learn how to think and reason and act by learning facts and trivia, but by knowing it so deep in your bones, it comes out in puns. The entrance exam to Harvard in the 1600s was a thorough knowledge of the classics *IN LATIN*. To be able to translate Virgil (and his puns) was the mechanism by which Harvard knew whether a student was educated enough to join their ranks. That being said, this is a snippet from a high school course, so there is more context that IS explained. But this kind of fun foray is what makes kids remember the truly important stuff. It's the Medieval art of the digression. Or as Wes Callihan likes to say, "The rabbit trail IS the point!". Thanks for commenting - appreciate the thought, and the opportunity to response, Sincerely, Daniel Foucachon
Athenian Stranger (1 год назад)
Wes is right but insufferable. He manages to reinforce the anti-intellectual stereotype of boring, affected, sneering eggheads. Ditch this bitch. Instead, watch Jeffrey Brenzel's video "The Essential Value of a Classic Education" for an apology worth its title.
Logan Green (1 год назад)
Read the title of the video— "A glimpse." Wes would not claim that this is the only or most important reason for recovering a classical education.
M hapon (1 год назад)
How do you maintain a common culture when your American population is nothing but mongrels -- and quite a few rabid ones.
J M (1 год назад)
"who mentioned race?" What does "mongrel" mean to you, Joe?
blackcitroenlove (1 год назад)
Classical education has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. To even insinuate that is very, very racist of you. Humans all originated in Africa, whether or not you want to admit it.
Ed Ram (1 год назад)
Most of the American population belong to Western societies. Latinos, Europeans, Australians, New Zealanders. Except Asians and Africans, who have their own great educational systems, I suppose.
Bryan Mantecon (2 года назад)
To get jokes... got it.
Roman Roads Media (11 месяцев назад)
I commented to someone else commenting that it was a shame we chose "jokes" as our argument for what we lost. Here was my response: Roman Roads Media 1 second ago It is often said that one truly understands a foreign language when one can joke and pun in that language. Ask any language teacher! True, what we lost is our ability to think and reason. But missing jokes shows that we have lost the cultural assumptions of the Old Western Culture. You might say it is the proof we no longer know the "language of the West." You don't learn how to think and reason and act by learning facts and trivia, but by knowing it so deep in your bones, it comes out in puns. The entrance exam to Harvard in the 1600s was a thorough knowledge of the classics *IN LATIN*. To be able to translate Virgil (and his puns) was the mechanism by which Harvard knew whether a student was educated enough to join their ranks. That being said, this is a snippet from a high school course, so there is more context that IS explained. But this kind of fun foray is what makes kids remember the truly important stuff. It's the Medieval art of the digression. Or as Wes Callihan likes to say, "The rabbit trail IS the point!". Thanks for commenting - appreciate the thought, and the opportunity to response, Sincerely, Daniel Foucachon
Logan Green (1 год назад)
Read the title - "A glimpse." Callihan would not claim that this is the entire reason for recovering classical education.
Paul Kennedy (2 года назад)
Who is John Galt?
Giraffe Backflip (6 месяцев назад)
He is the man who invented Gallstones
Straight White Male (8 месяцев назад)
The fact that this is still a thing is reason enough to lose faith in humanity.
Yesica1993 (2 года назад)
I loved this, thank you.

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