Like our students, Golden View Classical teachers are responsible for their own summer reading. This year, one of our books was The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis, a study of nature, of human nature, and of the objective reality of moral truths.
At Golden View Classical Academy, we often speak of teaching students the good, the true, and the beautiful, and this begins first with an awareness that there is such a thing as goodness, beauty, and truth. The Abolition of Man helps us see why human nature requires these things, and how education, properly understood, gives students the skills and habits to discern goodness, truth, and beauty in nature and in their fellow human beings.
We also had the good fortune of discussing this book with Dr. Jon Fennell, who visited us from Idaho for the day. Dr. Fennell just retired from his post as Chair of the Education Department at Hillsdale College, and has spent a good many years in conversation about The Abolition of Man. We had a fruitful discussion, one which will surely extend into conversations with parents and students about what makes Golden View Classical Academy a unique choice.