The Lutheran educational tradition, according to Thomas Korcok, is classical liberal arts education + catechesis. In his book Lutheran Education, Dr. Korcok, now a professor at Concordia Chicago, shows how the enthusiasts just wanted Bible-reading schools; the humanists just wanted classical education; the pietists just wanted vocational training; the Enlightenment just wanted science education–but orthodox Lutherans at every stage insisted on classical education + catechesis. More and more Lutheran schools are returning to that double emphasis.
The 16th annual conference of the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education will be held at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, July 19-21. The theme will be “A Pedagogy of Goodness” (the last two years featuring the other absolutes of truth and beauty). Dr. Korcok will be one of our speakers. I’ll be leading a series of workshops on Moral Education and Literature. See the other speakers and topics after the jump.
As well as teachers, principals, and pastors, we welcome homeschoolers, future teachers, students, and anybody just interested in the Lutheran approach to classical Christian education.