Teach Them to Climb

By Cheryl Swope, M.Ed.[1] Even if we fail, those who make an effort to get to the top will climb higher than those who from the start despair of emerging where they want to be, and stop right at the foot of the hill. – ancient Roman orator Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 1   Special education began nearly five hundred years ago when a Benedictine … Continue reading Teach Them to Climb

Moving Forward: Classically Educating Children With Special Needs

I’ve happily noticed a recent surge of interest in addressing children with special needs in classical Christian education. Writers and educators have noted that this is an area of weakness in the resurgence of classical Christian education. Due to school size, staffing, and perhaps a general lack of energy or time to devote to the issue, addressing special needs has simply not fallen within the … Continue reading Moving Forward: Classically Educating Children With Special Needs

A Review of Simply Classical by Cheryl Swope

Swope, C. Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child. Louisville, KY:      Memoria Press, 2013. 293 pages. $24.95, softcover. Reviewed by Sara Osborne. “The special-needs child’s humanity—any child’s humanity—must determine the education he receives.”  -Cheryl Swope Cheryl Swope’s professional journey has followed a path similar to many educators who began in the throes of modern pragmatism only to find themselves unable to facilitate true learning.  … Continue reading A Review of Simply Classical by Cheryl Swope