Quick Thoughts: Education

Nov 23, 2012 by

I know that a productive education begins with reading a core curriculum of books that some may call “great works”. These reads would be the basis of exploring what is reasonable and unreasonable. They contain thoughts that provoke discussion and understanding for the sake of reasoned action. Education must not center on knowledge but the ability to take knowledge, and produce through reason virtuous action as the basis of an excellent society. I have listed the ten books that I know will accomplish this task (in no particular order) and should be the core of all curriculums. If you are unfamiliar with any of these books look them up and explore what they bring to the educational table.

1. The Bible

2. Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

3. The Last Lion-Winston Spencer Churchill Defender of the Realm by William Manchester and Paul Reid

4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

5. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

6. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

7. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

8. Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre

9. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

10. The Spirit of the Laws by Baron de Montesquieu

What would your core curriculum contain?


  1. Adam

    Can you elaborate on why the Bible is on the list?

  2. Vince Giglio

    I will soon elaborate on the entire list.

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