Monday, June 14, 2004


Dorothy Sayers on Education

In a lecture on The Lost Tools of Learning delivered at Oxford in 1947, Dorothy Sayers argued convincingly for the restoration of the trivium (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric) as the centerpiece of elementary (pre-university) education. Here is one of her recommendations:
Latin should be begun as early as possible -- at a time when inflected speech seems no more astonishing than any other phenomenon in an astonishing world; and when the chanting of "amo, amas, amat" is as ritually agreeable to the feelings as the chanting of "eeny, meeny, miney, moe."

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