The Trivium

A classical education is built upon the foundations of grammar, logic, and rhetoric; known as the Trivium. The learning of which gives the tools to understand the mechanics of language, formulate thoughts, understand argument and deliver writing and speech which is free of the use of emotion, and full of the clear, cool, rational truths seen in the writings of Aristotle, St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas and other great minds from our Western Heritage.

Term 1 – Logic

Logic teaches the mechanics of thought and analysis. Utilizing grammar skills, a student of logic learns to compose sound arguments, identify fallacious arguments and contradictions. In doing so, the student can come to producing factual knowledge and truth which can be trusted.

Term 1 – Grammar

Grammar teaches the mechanics of language. Students of grammar come to terms with defining language and information perceived by the five senses. Students of grammar learn how to write cohesive, elegant sentences which contain order, progression, and efficiency in the communication of ideas.

Term 2 – Rhetoric

The student utilizes the language in order to instruct and persuade the reader or listener. Rhetoric is knowledge (grammar) now understood (logic) and being transmitted outwards as wisdom (rhetoric). Aristotle defined rhetoric as, “the power of perceiving in every thing that which is capable of producing persuasion.” Students study parts of Aristotle’s Rhetoric and excerpts from other famous rhetoricians throughout history. They have several opportunities to give speeches employing the different rhetorical techniques learned in class.