The Lost Tools of Learning, a 1947 lecture delivered at Oxford by Dorothy Sayers, was largely ignored at the time and in England until decades later in the United States, when it became a foundation text of the Classical Christian Education movement. Despite being the lecture that launched 1,000 classical schools, Dorothy Sayers appears to undermine the classical tradition and repeatedly side with educational progressives. Jonathan and Ryan dig into the lecture, its impact on the CCE movement, and some pedagogical alternatives.
Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781935191568
Dorothy Sayers’s Lost Tools of Learning: https://www.pccs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LostToolsOfLearning-DorothySayers.pdf
Dorothy Sayers’s translation of Dante’s Inferno: https://amzn.to/36yr31C
Jonathan Roberts’s Classical Schools Are Not Really Classical: https://ancientlanguage.com/classical-schools-not-classical/
C. Stephen Jaeger’s The Envy of Angels: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780812217452
J.R.R. Tolkien’s “On Fairy-Stories”: https://coolcalvary.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/on-fairy-stories1.pdf
C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060652944
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