The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

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Epilogue
OPTATIVES AND IMPERATIVES FOR
THE NEXT MILLENNIUM

As an American, I have a grudging admiration for the Connecticut Yankee who is not satisfied with contem. plating the human situation and sets about fixing the problems that can be fixed. So I shall end with suggestions, which some may view as practical:

I. Simplify the elementary school curriculum to concentrate on language and mathematics.

Grades 1-5: Language Arts (English and Latin), Math, and History/Geography. Grades 6,8: Language Arts (English and Latin), Math, History/Geography, and a Modern Language.

A glance at the schedule of a good elementary school shows that the school week is chopped up into too many subjects presented too superficially. These defects are present even in such fine curricula as those worked out by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and his associates. The truth is that teachers are overworked

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