The Liberal Arts Tradition Reading Club
Term: Summer 2021
Target Grade Levels: Adult
Schedule: 1x / week, 90 min.
Section 1, July 6–August 3 (5 sessions): T 6:00 p.m. ET with Ravi Jain (and special guest, Dr. Kevin Clark)
Dr. Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain have offered to host our Liberal Arts Tradition summer reading club! We’re thrilled and honored that they are joining us to read through their newly revised edition of The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education, published by Classical Academic Press.
This reading club is for current teachers, aspiring teachers, parents, grandparents, school administrators, board members, clergy, and anyone else who wants to more deeply understand the philosophy of classical education. While we will spend some discussion time unpacking the concepts presented in the book, we hope to spend most of our meetings considering the ways in which schools, parents, and teachers can more fully embody the foundational principles articulated in The Liberal Arts Tradition. Join us!
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Ravi Scott Jain graduated from Davidson College with a BA and interests in physics, ancient Greek, and international political economy. He worked at various churches, received an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary, and later earned a graduate certificate in mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He began teaching calculus and physics at the Geneva School in 2003 and since that time has developed an integrated double-period class called “The Scientific Revolution.” In this class, the students read primary sources such as Galileo and Newton in order to recapitulate the narrative of discovery while preserving the mathematical and scientific rigor expected of a college-level treatment. He also teaches AP Calculus BC, in which the students strive to discover and demonstrate the “most beautiful theorem in mathematics,” and AP Physics C, in which the students encounter Faraday, Maxwell, and Einstein. Ravi has given more than 100 talks and workshops throughout the country and overseas on topics related to education, theology, mathematics, and science. He has served as a deacon in his church and is an Alcuin fellow. He has two boys, Judah and Xavier. After the duties of the week have been discharged (often by about 8:53 on Saturday night), in the few hours that remain, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kelley Anne, whom he met in Japan, as well as with the rest of his family and friends.
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Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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