Relevant in Today’s World
Classical School’s founders saw the benefit of coupling Latin instruction with classical education, and today our fourth through eighth grade students memorize Latin (and Greek) roots as a component of their studies.
Latin and English
Latin forms the basis for approximately 60% of the words in the English language. A student of Latin increases his or her aptitude for language study of any sort, building connections to other people, thoughts and nations. Latin develops students’ English vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills.
Increase Logical Thinking
Many scholars of Latin also describe an increase in their ability to think logically. Additionally, studying Latin augments a deeper understanding of medical, mathematical, legal, and scientific terminology, and Latin is certainly the vehicle of choice in these professions.
A Higher Advantage
While not a reason in and of itself to study Latin, students who study Latin do better on college entrance exams and have an even higher advantage when coupled with Spanish studies. Below, as an example, are the results of the verbal portion of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT):
Perhaps more profound, is the following reasoning for the study of Latin found on a blackboard after a first Latin class with an 8th grade group in September 1998, at an unnamed school:
“Latin is the first subject we do in life entirely for its own sake. A degree at university in Classics leads to almost any job in the world. It gives one a disinterestedness in the study of any subject. Disinterestedness in NOT being uninterested. Quite the opposite: it is a love of studying without any practical result intended – and it gives the soul a peace, an inner control, a quiet joy beyond words.”