Classical education is incomplete without this final phase of cultivating wisdom and developing the capacity for beauty and clarity of expression.
Pursuing wisdom means more than learning the next group of facts or techniques. Rather, biblical wisdom comes from God, and it is a gift to which we awaken. In other words, God opens our eyes to see the truth and gives us courage and wisdom to practice it. So we pursue God, reading his world with his Word in hand, learning to see the Truth he has revealed–wherever we find it.
Under the guidance of Rhetoric School faculty who seek to instill a desire for contemplation and an appreciation for learning, students learn to relate the philosophical and practical aspects of life. They will be immersed in the best of literature, the arts, history, theology, philosophy, science, and mathematics. They take positions on fundamental (and sometimes controversial) issues, and they argue these positions using cogent, articulate, and persuasive communication. They learn to apply logic that is grounded on biblical truth in order to examine the assumptions and conclusions of their own philosophies and those of the world around them.
The Rhetoric stage culminates with the Senior Thesis project, which requires each student to write and defend a carefully researched paper and/or project.
The following points explain student characteristics at the rhetoric stage, Oak Hill’s plans for teaching rhetoric students, and key elements of Rhetoric School curriculum.