From a teacher in Kentucky, here’s (for me) mixed perspective on classical education. On the one hand, Cothran offers a fair analysis of the faults present within Limbaugh’s rant on classical education. The passage he quotes (and I trust him to quote correctly) is frightening. Not only does Limbaugh begin in ignorance, but he ends in censure — as if one followed the other.
Cothran does well to point to other faults in Limbaugh’s argument, and composes his own defense of classical education.
He has an odd position : ‘classical studies is a natural ally to conservatism.’ I disagree. Wouldn’t its methods of reasoning aid both sides? Weren’t there liberals and conservatives in the ancient world?
But–don’t let me hold you back.
Here’s a conservative classicist defending his lifestyle. Take a look!
And here’s a (cheeky) liberal alternative.