Podcast #242: The Trivium (Part One) – Introduction and Grammar


This is part one of a series about the Trivium Method for self-teaching. Gene Odening will accompany us through the next three episodes.

Covered today:
-The Classical Trivium vs the Trivium Method
-What is General Grammar?
-The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers
-Examples of how General Grammar is applied to the study of a subject
-What happened to the seven liberal arts?
-the servile arts vs. the liberal arts
-General Grammar vs. Special Grammar

Look Closer:

Trivium and Quadrivium Cliff Notes by Gene Odening by 8thestate

Trivium Method of Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving by 8thestate

Jan Irvin's Site, Trivium Education - http://www.triviumeducation.com/

T&H Trivium Resources - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/trivium/

The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers - http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html

Parents For Liberty - http://parentsforliberty.org/

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  1. I would love to learn this to a level so as to teach it to people in Liverpool. Any one interested lets talk.

  2. Thanks Brett, this show was very interesting. I love listening to Gene talking about the seven liberal arts,and can’t wait for the next episodes.

    I’ve been a listener of yours for a few months now and I really appreciate your work. Thank you for caring and sharing.

    Barry Hoon. Worcester, England.

  3. Hi Brett – I am finding a “contradiction” as has been mentioned in the trivium – it’s in the negative picture of memorization in public schools but then the more positive aspect of memorization in the trivium approach. What makes memorization in the trivium better? How can memorization be taught in an unschooling method that does not interfere with the child’s ability to have freedom in what they desire to learn/explore? Or, can we notice the interest of the child and that through learning and exploring the subject (like trains) the child naturally remembers what is meaningful and provide a rich educational environment in which for the child to grow? It would be nice to have a little dialog about the differences between how memorization can be negative vs. positive. Thank you!

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