by Sara Breetzke, TCA Head of School

  

More than just a means of communication, learning a foreign language has long been recognized as a valuable tool in educating children. Like schools in the classical tradition throughout history, at Trinity Classical Academy we believe Latin (yes, Latin!) is an essential part of any child's education.

Yet, the Omaha World-Herald recently reported that many metro-area schools are removing Latin from their world language curriculum.

The article cites the following purposes for learning a foreign language:

  1. Practical Application
  2. Cultural Education
  3. "Brain Food"
  4. Opportunities for for a Bigger Life

Latin abundantly fulfills all of these purposes, making it more important than ever that we give our students the opportunity to learn the foundational language of western culture.

Consider these quotes about the advantages of learning Latin:

1. Latin Has Many Practical Applications

Even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least fifty percent. It is the key to the vocabulary and structure of all the Teutonic languages, as well as to the technical vocabulary of all the sciences and to the literature of the entire Mediterranean civilization, together with all its historical documents. –Dorothy Sayers

2. Latin Sets a Foundation for a Cultural Education

Why settle for just one language? Latin is the best preparation for learning a Romance language, or any language. Once you really understand how language works, the task of learning a new language will be more than cut in half. –Cheryl Lowe

3. Latin Enhances the Brain

Latin does for the language side of the curriculum what math does for science. It provides the mental discipline and structure that the humanities side of the curriculum desperately needs. –Cheryl Lowe

4. Latin Provides Opportunities for a Bigger Life

When taught to a master level, [Latin] take[s] perseverance, hard work, stamina, will, grit. It says, “Now that you have done it once, you can overcome any future challenge you may meet.” –Cheryl Lowe

Latin abundantly fulfills all of these purposes, making it more important than ever that we give our students the opportunity to learn the foundational language of western culture.

A commitment to teaching Latin is just one way that Trinity Classical Academy provides a unique educational experience for families. You are invited to come and hear more of TCA's distinctive vision for education at our last informational meeting of the season.

We'll gather on Friday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Grace Central Church. At this meeting, we'll give a full overview of Trinity Classical Academy, and you'll walk out with a folder full of content to help you make an informed choice about your child's future. RSVP here!