Ben, a bright, but unfocused university student, recently shared his academic desires with me. I had known of his phenomenal abilities with computers, his excellent people skills, his unbounded love for learning, and his never-ending questions.
“I’ve finally decided what I want to study in the university,” he excitedly reported. I nodded, eager to finally know his focused dedication to academic discipline.
“I want a classical education,” he proudly announced.
“And what does that mean for you?” I inquired.
“Well,” he said, “I’ll have to study a lot of history, which I love, and Greek and Latin, to be able to read literature in the original languages; I have been told that translations just don’t give the true meanings. I’m also fascinated by archaeological finds I’ve been reading about, so I plan to take advanced classes and participate in some digs in Egypt or Turkey. I want to study Arabic in depth to see how that culture relates to the classical world as well, and. . . .”