Are there reasons why classical education is bad?

When I used the word “classical” I am referring to the following:

"Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the trivium."


I see a lot of people argue in favor of this kind of education system but never really anyone speaking against it. Are there any reasons why classical education is bad and harmful long term to students?

June 6, 2020 11:24 PM

I think different educational approaches work differently for certain students. I would rather there be more a focus on teaching children critical thinking skills rather than conforming into a group-think mindset that gets rewarded.

June 9, 2020 11:54 PM

This sounds like the standard way of education in the US and for me, personally, I am not a fan of it. I feel like it doesn't allow areas where children can grow naturally and forces them down one narrow path.

June 15, 2020 5:39 PM

It is very by the book and tends to teach children to go with the flow of things which can greatly interfere with creative progress as well as problem solving. I think the basis of it is fine but they need to update it to modern times.

June 15, 2020 6:16 PM

I think the biggest issue is that it is outdated. We have had a lot of changes in just the last 20 years that it hasn't taken into account. Social media, cell phones, internet usage, online social circles, and more.

June 15, 2020 6:35 PM


It is just outdated in some areas. The whole way in functions seems counterproductive to me. I feel like there needs to be more of a focus on critical thinking and commonsense skills.

June 20, 2020 9:12 PM