The Lost Tools of Learning

April 30, 2021
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April 30, 2021 Robyn Van Eck

The Lost Tools of Learning

When I was first learning about Classical Education, I was encouraged to read “The Lost Tools of Learning,” an essay by Dorothy Sayers.  I had no idea what a delight lay before me!

Dorothy Sayers was a colleague of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien at Oxford, and occasionally was a part of their literary society in Lewis’ rooms, The Inklings.  If you fancy their writings, you will love Sayers’ witty and biting comparison of Modern Education with the Classical Trivium.

The essay enjoyed a revival in the past couple of decades, sparking a renaissance of classical education methods.  Still, I have discovered that it is very difficult to find online.  Most of the online copies I’ve found are abridged (without any note that it’s not the original essay!).  But I love you all so much, that I searched far and wide for the unabridged text, so you can enjoy both Sayers’ insights and her pithy commentary, in all their glory.

“The Lost Tools of Learning” should be required reading for all homeschooling parents.  You might want to print it out and read it the old-fashioned way.  Read it aloud with your spouse, and don’t be discouraged if you need to read a sentence a couple of times, now and then.  It’s so worth it.




…now that you’ve read it, what was your favorite part??  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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