Last week’s post about teaching mathematics classically provoked some excellent comments. Here is one of mine, responding to the question of why the liberal arts include astronomy and not physics, biology, chemistery, etc.:
Great, helpful, and important comments! Classical educators–here are some splendid ideas. Run with them.
Webmonk and Peter, chemistry, physics, biology, etc., WERE taught in classical schools and universities (such as Oxford and Cambridge). They are not liberal arts–which deal with processes and skills–but they come under the liberal sciences (the word literally meaning “knowledge), specifically, Natural Science. (The others are Moral Science [knowledge of Man, including history, law, the humanities, etc.], and Theological Science [the knowledge of God, theology being the “Queen of the Sciences,” in the sense of comprehending the source of all of the others.)