THE 4 Rs OF RHETORIC SKILLS 

Rather than skim through a cursory study of an overwhelming compilation of Greco-Roman works, students study deeply the very “best of the best” Great Books and original sources featured in the Great Conversation that Mortimer Adler refers to in the Great Books tradition.  They’ll discover for themselves the thoughts and ideas of those people who have influenced Western culture.
4 R’s:  Students are required to actively participate in learning by:
               Researching the subject or study, first from a Biblical view
               Reasoning through and identifying the leading ideas and basic principles with syllabus work
               Relating it to other areas of study and the world around them through Socratic discussions
               Recording  what was learned in the syllabus as well as writing and presentations
Students first look at the subject of study biblically, then read the Great Books and classics to identify what these key thinkers say.  Secondly, they reason through these ideas with syllabus questions.  But we don’t stop there!  Next, we frame these views by mentored Socratic discussion, relating them to previous study and current culture.  In our online classroom, students see and hear other students in discussion time as all participate!  Finally, students exercise rhetorical skills by codifying their understanding in writing and presentations.
WHY GREAT BOOKS and WESTERN CIVILIZATION?