A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice

Course Schedule


The American Founders recognized the central importance of education for the inculcation of the kind of knowledge and character that is essential to the maintenance of free government. For example, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 states, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This course will consider the older understanding of the purpose of education, the more recent Progressive approach that has become dominant today, and some essential elements of K-12 education.


  1. Teaching Education at Hillsdale College

    Larry P. Arnn
    Available February 16, 2015

  2. A Proper Understanding of Education

    Jon M. Fennell
    Available February 23, 2015

  3. The Progressive Influence on Modern Education

    Jon M. Fennell
    Available March 2, 2015

  4. Learning to Read and Write: Phonics and Handwriting

    Daniel B. Coupland
    Available March 9, 2015

  5. Stories and the Teaching of History

    Kenneth R. Calvert
    Available March 16, 2015

  6. The Tried and True Way to Teach Math

    Thomas I. Treloar
    Available March 23, 2015

  7. Why Grammar is Essential

    Daniel B. Coupland
    Available March 30, 2015

  8. The Teaching of Science and the Problem with STEM

    Matthew A. Young
    Available April 6, 2015

  9. The Importance of Literature

    Justin A. Jackson
    Available April 13, 2015

  10. Why Learn Latin?

    Joseph Garnjobst
    Available April 20, 2015

  11. The Fundamentals of Writing

    Justin A. Jackson
    Available April 27, 2015

  12. K-12 Education: Looking Forward

    Larry P. Arnn
    Available May 4, 2015

Final Quiz