My name is Sharon Hujik and I’m going to make some assumptions about you.
- I bet you care an awful lot about your kids.
- I bet you make a lot of sacrifices and put a whole lot of time, effort and prayer into making their educations as good as they can possibly be.
- I bet that you sometimes wonder if this whole “classical model of education” thing is going to deliver on what it promises.
Am I close? Sound familiar? It’s because I’m just like you.
I didn’t have a classical education. I wasn’t homeschooled and I never really imagined that I’d choose this path for our kids. I actually thought homeschooling was a little bit… weird.
(Of course, now I know we’re weird!)
On paper, I have a very fancy Liberal Arts degree from a very fancy Ivy League college. The irony of that ia that I barely understand what a Liberal Arts education is, but apparently I have one!? I have the best education that a public school kid can achieve, yet I’m teaching my kindergartener things that I don’t know. Can you relate? How come I had never even heard of half the things in the timeline song?!
My goal is to gift our children with the best tools for learning and I am convinced that the Classical Model is putting me on the right path. And wonderfully, I’m also redeeming my education. It’s time for me to see how beautiful and wide reaching my learning can be.
These are the areas that I explore:
- Classical Education calls me to be imitable. I am to model the behaviors our children replicate in exercise, health, faith, forgiveness, and reading. In a society that rarely agrees with my values, this is more necessary than ever.
- As an adult, I’m committed to pursuing the beautiful things in art, music, poetry, and literature (even though I feel like the ugly duckling swimming next to swans!).
- I’m exploring the benefits a Classical Education has one our family business to take what I’m learning in one half of my life and applying it to the other half. How can the Classical Model be leveraged as a tool for entrepreneurship?
I invite you to come along.
RECOMMENDATION: My understanding of the Liberal Arts Tradition is growing by leaps and bounds fueled in large part by a great book written by Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark. It’s outstanding and I’m recommending it to everyone.
Disclaimer: We are actively involved with Classical Conversations where I have served as a CC tutor, Practicum speaker, and CC director. Classical Conversations may not be the best fit for everyone, but for our family, it meets a really important need and we love it. I am especially grateful for the community and accountability. If you are interested in learning more about CC, you can look for a local community here.