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Beautiful Teaching: Classical Education Consulting

Book Study: Norms and Nobility by David Hicks

with Karen Glass


"The end of education is not thinking; it is acting. It is not just knowing what to do; it is doing it. The sublime premise of a classical education asserts that right thinking will lead to right, if not righteous, acting."

David Hicks, Norms and Nobility

What: Online teaching, written study material, and live discussion of Norms and Nobility every two weeks, plus access to discussion space to explore ideas together and ask questions outside of live meetings. This book is an investment to purchase and requires an investment of time and thought as well; however, it has the potential to transform your thinking about education in a way that will be a positive benefit to a teacher, and that teacher's students, forever after.

Requirements: Purchase the book (it's an investment) and commit to reading and participating in discussion as you are able. Registration for this course must be completed through Canvas before the course begins. (You will receive an email with link and instructions.)

Who: This study is for thoughtful educators who wish to deepen their knowledge of classical education and consider how ancient ideas about education and its purposes can be implemented in contemporary times. This book is for those who want to challenge themselves to dig more deeply into the nature and purpose of classical education.

Class Limit: Places are limited so we can all participate in discussion.

Course Dates: The course will run from January 3, 2023 to June 20, 2023.  There will be 13 live meetings, plus online discussion. (Recording of live meetings will be available for one week after each class.)

Time: Every other Tuesday, 6:30pm-7:30pm (Central Time)

Cost: $199 (nonrefundable)

Course Map

January 3 - Preface and Prologue

January 17 - Chapter 1, Virtue is the Fruit of Learning

January 31 - Chapter 2, The Word is Truth

February 13 (Monday, not Tuesday) - Chapter 3, Teaching the Father of the Man

February 28 - Chapter 4, The Tyrannizing Image

March 14 - Chapter 5, Saving the Appearances

March 28 - Chapter 6, On the Necessity of Dogma

April 11 - Chapter 7, The Ennobling of the Masses

April 25 - Chapter 8, The Promise of Christian Paideia

May 9 - Chapter 9, A Curriculum Proposal (What Might Have Been)

May 23 - Chapter 10, Some Questions and Assumptions

June 6 - Chapter 11, Three Schools in One Academy

June 20 - Chapter 12, The School Within the School, and Epilogue

About the Teacher 

Karen Glass is a homeschool teacher who has taught her four children through graduation and spent over two decades delving into educational philosophy, beginning with Charlotte Mason and extending to classical educators throughout history. She has a B.A. in English, but her real education has been self-education, and her passion for education has led her to write several books, including Mind to Mind (an abridgement of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy of Education), Know and Tell: The Art of Narration, In Vital Harmony: Charlotte Mason and the Natural Laws of Education, and A Thinking Love: Studies in Charlotte Mason's Home Education.  When she asked David Hicks, the author of Norms and Nobility, to read and consider writing a Foreword to her first book, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, he graciously consented to do so.


  • Jan 3 - Jun 20th, 2023
    Tue for 24 weeks from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Online Class

For more info, call us at 940-784-3081

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