Mama Anna Posted February 17, 2012 Share Posted February 17, 2012 Here's the situation: For the past 4-5 years, I've been schooling pretty straight WTM-style. Dd8 is now moving into a combination of 4th and 5th grade level stuff. Dh is very supportive of hsing and has pretty much trusted me as to choosing curriculum, priorities, etc. Now that we're getting to logic stage (with rhetoric looming in the distance) I don't want to go this alone anymore. I'm going to need Dh's teaching support in rhetoric and I don't want to head down WTM's logic stage toward rhetoric if it's going to be a struggle to get it. Does that make sense? Anyway, I've brought this up with dh a couple of times. (It would be great if he could just read WTM for himself, but seeing as how he's in the middle of another semester of PhD work, that's just not practical before summer when our curriculum should already be on order.) Dh did a semester of Ed. classes in college and has told me a couple of times that he was exposed to three philosophies: Classical (Adler), Essentialist (?), and Progressive (Kozol). At the time he didn't really understand the Classical philosophy and of the other two preferred Essentialism. So, I finally ask my questions: Could anyone give me a comparison/contrast of Essentialist and Neo-classical (ie WTM) philosophies? Is there a basic book from the Essentialist school that I could read in order to become more familiar with the philosophy? I appreciate you reading this far! Mama Anna Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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