Monday, July 27, 2020

RIP Laurie Bluedorn

Laurie Bluedorn, a great champion of homeschooling and the author of the highly influential instructional book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style, died this morning. She was a model of the defender of Christian civilization that we would all do well to aspire to be.

Requiescat in pace.

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Blogger Critias July 27, 2020 12:30 PM  

Thank you for reporting this, I only came across them a few months ago and bought their 'Teaching the Trivium' book a few weeks back, invaluable recourse. Their talks and writings have encouraged me that I should learn Latin and I would never have contemplated that with out them.

My deepest sympathies to her loved ones, may the Lord comfort and bless them in this time of grief.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella July 27, 2020 12:36 PM  

Prayers for her, prayers for her family.

Gratitude for her books and life.

Prayers for her family still living.

Blogger FUBARwest July 27, 2020 12:47 PM  

May she rest in peace.

Blogger David The Good July 27, 2020 1:21 PM  

A good and faithful servant. Godspeed, Laurie.

Blogger "William Berke" July 27, 2020 1:27 PM  

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Blogger Jeff in OR July 27, 2020 1:33 PM  

With so many considering home-schooling due to the pandemic my thoughts lately have turned to RJ Rushdoony.

I bet his works on homeschooling are going to receive a revival in interest! The libs will be much chagrined by this.

Blogger Curlytop July 27, 2020 1:38 PM  

May the Lord comfort her family. That book was so helpful for me when I began homeschooling our children. RIP

Blogger Reprehensible Adam July 27, 2020 2:21 PM  

Now you made me curious SDL!

Blogger Krymneth July 27, 2020 2:39 PM  

Jeff in OR wrote:With so many considering home-schooling due to the pandemic

The homeschoolers in my area feel actively besieged by all the sudden interest in the topic. Where I am, it is easy to homeschool, but you must declare your intent before the beginning of the school year, and as I understand it, that decision sticks for the year.

I think the liberals are going to be shocked at what they are paying to get rid of Trump here. I expect a series of frantic news stories about how vital it is for you to leave your kid in school, even as they are also trying to push the story that it's ferociously dangerous for them to be in school because of the covids.

Liberals hate it when the world reacts to their plans in a way other than what they naively expected, but, just as people aren't going to react to the police being abolished by just lying back and letting criminals do whatever they want, but will band together in neighborhoods and start instituting vigilante justice, people aren't going to react to schools being drained of all their (putative) value and just sending their kids regardless, either for K-12 or college/university.

It's not even "homeschool or die" this year... it's just... homeschool or no education at all. Not even the figleaf that passes for education in public K-12 schooling.

Blogger Newscaper312 July 27, 2020 3:13 PM  

The libs have set up the tightrope if wanting to not go back in the classroom, while wanting your kids to stay in the public system virtually, w their improvised online curricula.
Thing is if you're kids aren't there for the physical benefits, may as well use other avenues that are designed from the get go for distance and or disconnected learning.

Blogger thesystemdisconnect July 27, 2020 3:17 PM  

Looking forward to my Junior Classics set for my kids to add to the classical model system we use.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 27, 2020 3:34 PM  

If your kids are smart, look into the Robinson Curriculum. We didn't find it early enough, but it looks as if it could work very well for the right children.

Blogger Republican Mother July 27, 2020 4:57 PM  

We used it with my oldest, and it was great!

Blogger tublecane July 27, 2020 5:25 PM  

To my knowledge trivium comes from Latin for crossroads. The medievals used it for the the place where logic, rhetoric, and team meet. Public gathering places tend to spring up at crossroads, which is why "trivia" is a word for commonplace things.

Most of what they teach you in public school is trivial in the sense of small stuff of negligible importance. Logic, rhetoric, and grammar are disciplines one can use in almost all areas of life. Which is probably why schools try diligently not to teach them.

Okay, they do teach logic in the form of math. Badly. They also endeavor to teach rudimentary grammar. Also badly. I vaguely remember spicks and specks of rhetoric, but not so much as one might learn in a day on the internet.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 27, 2020 6:11 PM  

tublecane wrote:To my knowledge trivium comes from Latin for crossroads.
Not quite.
Trivium is a wordplay on quadrivium, the classical Medieval advanced education curriculum. Quadrivium means "four-way", and as in English, it can be used to mean an intersection, but that was not the derivation.
The quadrivium is the study of Mathematics, Geometry, Harmonics, and Astronomy/Cosmology. This was expressed by the Mediaeval educators as the study of numbers, numbers in space, numbers in time, and numbers in space and time. The objective was to teach critical thinking skills, logic, proof, and reason that would be needed for practical arts like architecture, medicine and engineering, or for more advanced education in philosophy and theology.
The trivium which came later, was an educational curriculum designed to provide a thorough grounding in language, composition and rhetoric to prepare the student for the University and the quadrivium.

Blogger Darren July 27, 2020 7:01 PM  

So the ideal would be educating your kids in the heptvium?

Blogger the other boomer July 28, 2020 2:02 AM  

The trivium; grammar, rhetoric, and logic; is the lower division, and "trivial" derives from "trivium", although a strong basis in these subjects is hardly trivial. Together with the quadrivium, you get seven subjects, seven being thought of as complete or perfect, and I suppose you could call it the heptivium.

Blogger the other boomer July 28, 2020 2:12 AM  

Snidely, I see I read your post too quickly. you're saying the quadrivium was instituted (or at least named) before the trivium, not that students did it first. Interesting.

Blogger Enjcj July 28, 2020 10:16 AM  

Thank you Vox for reporting on this as well. I've been pouring over resources on how to set up a a classical homeschooling curriculum. I've come across another book on how to teach the Trivium, but this is the first I've heard of
Laurie Bluedorn. Immediately went to amazon to look her up. Her and her husband have published extensive and complete homeschooling guides for, it seems like, every possible question to classical homeschooling there is, especially Greek. Which I was also toying with on how to learn how to teach as a complete n3wb/n00b. It honestly seems like an answer to a prayer :-D. Rest in peace to her and God bless her family. She's just won another fan.

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