The Lost Tools Of Learning

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Dorothy Sayers’ The Lost Tools of Learning, mentions medieval education tools as a possible substitute for the modern day education system. Sayers states, “if we are to produce a society of educated people, fitted to preserve their intellectual freedom amid the complex pressures of our modern society, we must turn back the wheel of progress some four or five hundred years”(Sayers, 1). The Trivium, a medieval education style would not only improve students education, but student’s ability to become critical thinkers through Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. With the return of the Trivium to modern day education curriculums, students would once again become better thinkers. Before we dive into why we should bring back the Trivium, understanding what it it all about must come first. Medieval curriculum consisted of two parts: the Trivium (primary discipline) and the Quadrivium (the subjects taught). The Trivium, as a whole, “was, in fact, intended to teach the pupil the proper use of the tools of learning, before he began to apply them to ‘subjects’ at all” (4). Language composed much of Middle Age curriculum. For example, students were expected not only learn words, but learn the structure of language: “what it was, how it was put together, and how it worked” (4). Student’s learned how to use language, make accurate statements, and learn to argue and detect fallacies in said arguments. Furthermore, there was a passion involved with learning. Students did not learn to know

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